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On-Campus Interviews

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on-campus interviews

Our On-Campus Interview Program offers an opportunity to interview for entry-level positions, internships and co-ops. Representatives from a variety of organizations conduct interviews at the Career Center during the fall and spring semesters. All students are encouraged to begin interviewing in the fall semesters whether they graduate in December, May or August.

You will log in to Handshake to apply for interviews and you will be notified by email if you are selected. The On-Campus Interview Timetable is available when you log into your Handshake account and shows the deadlines to apply and sign-up if you are selected. You will want to check these weekly to see the new on-campus opportunities that have been added.

Logging into your Handshake account and click Jobs, then On-Campus Interviews in the top navigation bar to get an idea of the kinds of opportunities available. Although companies may indicate a preference for certain majors, you are encouraged to consider all the jobs for which you believe you are qualified. It is not uncommon for employers to interview students whose majors do not match the employers' specified requirements.

on-campus interview process

In order for the On-Campus Interview Program to work effectively, all parties must meet certain obligations. Employers invest substantial time and money in recruitment efforts, so it is extremely important that students treat every interview as a commitment. Missed interviews are a very serious concern because they lower the employer's impressions of our campus and take away other students' opportunities.

Scheduling an interview with an employer and not showing up for the interview is considered a "MISSED INTERVIEW." Individuals with a missed interview will be blocked from applying for and scheduling future interviews. If you have interviews previously scheduled, be sure to attend those interviews!

The Career Center has implemented a set of recommended employer guidelines for internship and full-time offers. The following guidelines were created by the Career Center to establish equitable timeframes for students and employers in the recruiting process at OU. It is in the mutual best interests of our students and employers to allow adequate timeframes for students to make information-based and experience-based employment decisions. Doing so requires the opportunity for students to explore a full range of employers before making a commitment. Our hope is that these guidelines will enhance the recruiting experience for both students and recruiting organizations as well as minimize instances of reneged offers.

Please note: The following guidelines do not prohibit employers from extending early offers.  They are also not intended to discourage students who have clarity about their options and are ready to make a decision from accepting an offer early-on in the recruiting process.  The OU Career Center subscribes to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice for all recruiting practices, including their policy statement on Reasonable Offer Deadlines.

  • For internship and full-time offers extended as a result of the fall campus recruiting process, offers should remain open until the third (3rd) Friday in October.  This timeline will enable students to fully participate in the recruiting process before being required to make a decision.
  • For offers extended during the academic year outside of the fall on-campus interviewing period, employers are encouraged to give students a minimum of two weeks to accept an offer.  For offers extended to current summer interns, employers are encouraged to give students until the third (3rd) Friday in October to make a decision.  Additional time may be requested by the student and granted at the discretion of the employer.

If you fail to cancel and do not appear for a scheduled interview, you will receive a letter, which will be copied to your department head, directing you to write a letter of apology to the employer and deliver it unsealed to the Career Center with a stamped envelope addressed to the employer. Your opportunity to apply or sign up for additional On-Campus Interviews will be suspended until your letter is received by the Career Center. Repeated occurrences will result in termination of your On-Campus Interview privileges.

If you need to cancel a scheduled interview after the sign-up period, you must contact the Career Center in person or by phone ASAP. Excessive cancellations will result in suspension and possible termination of your On-Campus Interview privileges.