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About the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program

Fall 2020: There will not be in-person interviews on campus, and employers will not be travelling to campus to conduct interviews. All interviews will be by phone or video (Zoom, etc.). Career and Professional Development will continue to facilitate pre-scheduled interviews between students and employers. Details are TBA.

Pre-covid: OCI meant students didn't have to travel to an employer's location for a first interview, because employers based elsewhere travelled to campus to recruit students.

What OCI was:

  • Through OCI, 250-300 employers visited campus each year to interview students for post-grad jobs, internships and co-ops.
  • The employers were located throughout the United States, with many based in the mid-Atlantic or southeast regions of the U.S., and urban regions of Virginia. They included for-profit businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Employers often booked an interview date many months in advance, as part of their strategy of recruiting college students.
  • Employers invested time and resources to travel to campus. Most made one campus interview visit per year. This made interview opportunities convenient for students.
  • OCI interviews were conducted in interview rooms in the Smith Career Center.
  • OCI spanned 80 days during 2019-20120. Interviews occurred during nine weeks of fall semester 2019, and seven weeks of spring semester 2020.

What OCI wasn't:

OCI was not a job fair.

  • Job fairs are one- or two-day events with brief conversations between students and employer;  some included interviews for all or part of a day.
  • In contrast, OCI spanned 80 days of interviewing during the academic year. In 2018-2019, over 3100 students had 5656 interviews through OCI.

On-campus interviewing was not about on-campus jobs.

  • A Virginia Tech department with an on-campus job could post their jobs in Handshake. For the interview location, it was much easier for them to interview students in their own office.
  • Employers who did not have a location in or near Blacksburg used OCI because it provided them facilities and support to conduct interviews when they travelled to Blacksburg.

How OCI worked for students:

  • Each year there was a set schedule of OCI dates and deadlines.
  • Students applied for each job of interest 3-4 weeks prior to the interview date.
  • Students should only apply for positions and employers that truly interest you.
  • Never sign up for an interview for practice. This is unethical, and is fully explained in expectations of students in the Position Statement about Campus Recruiting.
  • It kicked off very early in fall semester! The first application deadline for fall semester 2019 was Sep. 1. See how students can participate in OCI.

OCI policies and participation:

Before you participated in OCI, it was your responsibility to read and understand:

How many employers and students participate?
What is student participation by college?

Could alumni participate in OCI?

  • Recent grads might have found jobs of interest. Most employers who used OCI were seeking recent or upcoming graduates. For a graduate who did not live near Blacksburg, it would have been more practical to contact employers and request an interview at the employer's site.