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For Employers: Interviewing Virginia Tech students

Fall fall 2020, there will not be interviewing held in-person, on campus. Our employer relations staff are developing plans to assist employers with the process of holding phone and video/Zoom interviews with Virginia Tech students. We will share that information as details are finalized.

LAST YEAR'S INFORMATION:The 2019-2020 On-Campus Interviewing [OCI] program ran for nine weeks in fall semester and seven weeks in spring semester. Participating enabled employers to plan in advance to interview in our comfortable facilities and meet with many students during one campus visit. Employers interviewed for internships, cooperative education positions, field studies, and for post-graduation positions for graduating students.

If you have questions not addressed here, please contact our employer relations staff.

This information was applicable to the 2019-2020 interviewing year, and prior years. Plans are still TBA for 2020-2021. No in-person interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.

  • Fall semester: Nine weeks; late September to mid November.
  • Spring semester: Seven weeks; late January to late March.
  • See OCI dates and deadlines for employers for more detail.
  • Limited off-season interviewing may also be arranged for special circumstances through our room-only / informal program, described below.

This information was applicable to the 2019-2020 interviewing year, and prior years. Plans are still TBA for 2020-2021. No in-person interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.

  • Reservations began starting in early December for the next academic year. Interview space is limited and may fill quickly. However, even in summer you can still contact us about fall recruiting dates.
  • To schedule a date(s):
    • Request interviewing dates through Handshake. If this is your first visit to Handshake, select "Sign up for an Account" under the yellow logo.
    • Or contact our employer relations staff to discuss available dates.
  • Your request will be reviewed, and you will receive a Handshake email confirming your date(s).

This information was applicable to the 2019-2020 interviewing year, and prior years. Plans are still TBA for 2020-2021. No in-person interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.

  • If you did not attach a job when you requested your interview date, you will be prompted by email from Handshake to do so.
  • Interview dates and employers' jobs are publicized to students through Handshake.
  • You also have the option to schedule an information session in connection with your interview date. These are also publicized to students through Handshake.
  • Options to fill interview schedules are:
    • Pre-select only: You select students and alternates to fill interview slots.
    • Open sign-up only: You don't select students in advance. Qualified students may sign up.
    • Combo: If you opt for pre-select and your schedule does not fill, you may contact us to add open sign up.
  • There are deadlines for the students and for you. See OCI dates and deadlines for employers to find the specific deadlines.
  • First interviews begin at 8:30 a.m., and last interviews of the day end at 4:30 p.m.
  • Prior to fall 2020, interviews were conducted one-on-one, employer to student, in Career and Professional Development interview rooms in Smith Career Center. No in-person interviewing will be conducted on campus in fall 2020.

This information was applicable to the 2019-2020 interviewing year, and prior years. Plans are still TBA for 2020-2021. No in-person interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.

  • If you would like to do any of the following:
    • Visit on shorter notice. (No in-person visits or interviews will be conducted in fall 2020.)
    • Interview on dates outside the scheduled interview weeks.
    • Fill your interview schedule with students on your own timeline.
    • Select students from other sources (career fair, meeting with student club, etc.)
  • Contact our employer relations staff to arrange scheduling a "room only," and we can assist you with the details. 


The information below was applicable to the 2019-2020 interviewing year, and prior years. Plans are still TBA for 2020-2021. No in-person interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.

  • Location of interviews: Smith Career Center, 2nd floor, unless you have made other arrangements. No in-person visits or interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.
  • Parking and parking pass: Your parking pass and map will be emailed in advance. Park in the Coliseum parking lot on Washington Street, across from Smith Career Center. Be sure to place your parking pass on your rearview mirror. If you do not have a parking pass, be sure to request one as soon as you arrive at the Smith Career Center. Smith Career Center driving directions and parkingNo in-person visits or interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.
  • Check-in process: Upon arrival on your interview date, recruiters may go directly to the second floor to check in at the employer relations reception desk. Once checked in, a member of our staff will escort you to your interview room and provide an orientation. No in-person visits or interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.
  • Internet access: Our campus provides you with wireless Internet. To gain access you will need to follow instructions provided in your interview room. No in-person visits or interviewing will be conducted in fall 2020.