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What are On-Campus Interviews?  

There are several types of on-campus interviews, however, the main focus of this page will be graduates on-campus recruitment for entry-level and internship programs. There are many ways companies seek out potential employees while they are still in school. This includes on-campus job fairs and on-campus interviews.  

 

Campus job fairs are generally open to the entire student body. However companies conducting on-campus interviews may require you to previously signed up for time slot and meet a certain criteria. This information is typically available on your school’s online career portal. 
 

Which Companies Offer On-Campus Interviews?  

Many different types of companies visit college campuses across the US. Typically the companies come for the on-campus job fair or conducted separately at an on-campus interview day. These companies include, but are not limited to: 

  • Product and service companies 
  • IT/Tech companies 
  • Multinational corporations (MNC) 
  • Non-tech companies 
  • Telecom companies 
  • Military 
  • FBI 

You can usually find job listings for companies visiting your campus via your school’s online career center. Be sure to read through each job description and its requirements prior to signing up for an interview.  

How Can I Prepare for my On-Campus Interview? 

There are many things you can do to ensure you are fully prepared for your upcoming interviews. These things include tailoring your cover letter, resume, and elevator pitch for each company and position you have applied for. Another key aspect of acing your graduate job interviews is conducting thorough research on the companies and positions you are interested in. Not only will your research give you an idea of what to expect if you do land the job, but it will also help you impress your interviewer.  

Speaking of interviews, it should come to no surprise that practicing beforehand can help you succeed. By practicing, you will have a better sense of what the company is looking for as well as which questions you may be asked throughout the interview process.  


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Common On-Campus Interview Questions 

There are several different types of interview questions asked during on-campus interviews. These questions can range from more traditional, behavioral, and job/industry-specific questions. Below you will find several examples of the types of questions you may be asked during your on-campus interviews. 

General On-Campus Interview Questions 

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself.   
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?   
  • How would others describe you?   
  • Why should we consider you for this internship/role?   
  • What do you know about our company?  
  • Why do you want a job in our company?   
  • Why did you choose your major?  

Behavioral On-Campus Interview Questions 

  • Describe a time where you had to deal with a conflict with another person.  
  • Give an example of how you work as part of a team.   
  • Do you work well under pressure?   
  • How do you prioritize tasks to deal with deadlines? 
  • Give an example of how you set and achieve goals.

 

Practicing for each of these question types in addition to more industry-specific interview questions will help boost your confidence and eliminate the element of surprise. For comprehensive on-campus interview preparation, check out our exclusive Interview PrepPack™.


Tips for Passing On-Campus Interviews 

Below you will find several tips for acing your on-campus interviews.   

Tailor your resume and elevator pitch to each of the specific companies and roles you are interviewing for. You can do this by adding keywords you find in the job and internship descriptions to your resume. Tip! Think about how you can use these keywords during your interviews by demonstrating them anecdotally.   

Research the company.It's critical that before your interview, you take time to research the company. This will allow you to tailor your responses according. It also shows that you are knowledgeable and passionate about the company you are applying to.   

Dress to impress. Business casual is the name of the game. You can feel confident wearing a nice pair of khaki pants, slacks, or a skirt, along with short-sleeved polo shirts, long-sleeved shirts, or blouses. You should avoid wearing jeans, tennis shoes, tight or short skirts, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. 

Arrive early. Arriving early to interview will allow you to find the venue and compose yourself accordingly prior to meeting with your interviewer. 

Keep your phone turned off and put away.Having your phone go off during an interview can be embarrassing to say the least. Be sure to have it hidden and on silent or even turned off. 

Be yourself. Trying to be someone you are not, just to impress your interviewers, will not go over well. In fact, it might even hurt your chances of landing the job. Instead, just relax and be yourself. 

Come prepared. Bring additional copies of your resume and cover letter. Also, come up with any questions that aren’t easily answerable on the web. This will show your interviewer that you’ve done your homework.  

Follow-Up.Once your interview is over, ask your interviewer for their business card. This way you can follow up with a thank you note later. 
 

On-Campus Interview Frequently Asked Questions

Companies will visit campuses to conduct on-campus interviews during graduation season. Namely the months of April, May, and December.  

Campus interviews are typically reserved for students on the verge of graduating, undergraduates who meet the requirements, and recent alumni.  

Many schools have a career center or portal on their websites. You will need to create an account prior to viewing the list of companies offering free interviews on your campus, their application requirements, and available interview time slots.  

Even if you don’t meet all of the necessary requirements for a job listing, you may still be able to sign up for an interview. Make an appointment to speak with someone on your campus career center and see if anything can be done. 

 

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