About the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program

OCI means students don't have to travel to a first interview because employers located elsewhere travel to campus to recruit students.

What OCI is:

  • Through OCI, 250-300 employers visit campus each year to interview students for post-grad jobs, internships and co-ops.
  • The employers are 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 include for-profit businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Employers often book an interview date many months in advance, as part of their strategy of recruiting college students.
  • Employers invest time and resources to travel to campus. Most make one campus interview visit per year. This makes interview opportunities convenient for students.
  • OCI interviews are conducted in interview rooms in the Smith Career Center.
  • OCI spans 80 days during 2019-20120. Interviews occur during nine weeks of fall semester 2019, and seven weeks of spring semester 2020.

What OCI isn't:

OCI is not a job fair.

  • Job fairs are one- or two-day events;  some include interviews for all or part of a day.
  • In contrast, OCI spans 80 days of interviewing during each academic year. In 2018-2019, over 3100 students had 5656 interviews through OCI.

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

  • A Virginia Tech department with an on-campus job can post their jobs in Handshake. For the interview location, it's much easier for them to interview students in their own office.
  • Employers who do not have a location in or near Blacksburg use OCI because it provides them facilities and support to conduct interviews when they travel to Blacksburg.

How OCI works for students:

  • Each year there is a set schedule of OCI dates and deadlines.
  • Students apply 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 kicks off very early in fall semester! The first application deadline for fall semester 2019 is Sep. 1! See how students can participate in OCI.

OCI policies and participation:

Before you participate in OCI, it is your responsibility to read and understand:

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

Can alumni participate in OCI?

  • Recent grads might find jobs of interest. Most employers using OCI are seeking recent or upcoming graduates. If you do not live near Blacksburg, it might be more practical to contact employers and request an interview at the employer's site.