About the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program
- Due to the pandemic, in-person interviews will not be held 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.
- Students who want opportunities to interview should continue to apply for jobs and internships through Handshake.
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:
- Position Statement about Campus Recruiting. This includes expectations of both students and employers.
- Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.
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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.