There will never be an easier opportunity to have an interview and get a job than there is right here on campus. Each year, Career Services coordinates thousands of on-campus interviews. Michigan Tech students have the opportunity to interview with hundreds of companies that travel to campus on a regular basis for recruitment purposes.
Up to 4,500 interviews are scheduled right after the fall and spring Career Fairs, but there are interviews conducted almost every week of the semesters. Most on-campus interviews last for a half hour and are conducted in various rooms around campus.
How well you do in the interview will determine whether you move forward in the hiring process, so you'll want to be prepared! Check out our Interview Skills resources, and practice with a Learning Center Coach or Career Advisor. Be sure to do your research—learn about the company's products, services, location, competition, etc., before your interview. Be sure to attend any info session or networking event the company conducts to learn even more and meet recruiters.
In the hours right after the Career Fair, you may be invited by a company rep to interview the next day. Be sure to write down the location and time they give you. These interviews are completely organized by the company—they do not report this information to Career Services. You might also be invited to interview during the Career Fair—know your schedule and be sure to write down the location and time.
Post Career Fair
Sometimes companies will return a week or two after the Career Fair to conduct their interviews. if you don't hear from your favorite company the night of the Career Fair, you may still be invited to interview.
Outside Career Fair Times
A company recruiting on campus at times outside of the Career Fair may ask you to sign up for an interview slot on their preselect interview schedule. A job (posted on Handshake) flagged with a "P" indicates that a company is currently accepting applications for a job posting, and the employer will invite selected candidates to interview through Handshake. Be sure to check your Handshake account often for an invitation under "Interview Requests". You will be directed to a schedule to select an available time that works for you. Or, the employer may call to schedule an interview. A job flagged with an "O" allows any candidate who meets requirements such as major, year, GPA, etc., to sign up for an interview.
- Click on the company's name
- Select an interview slot (date is noted above list)
- Ensure your preferred resume is selected
Checking Your Interview Schedule
After applying for a "P" job opportunity, or after you've signed up for an "O" interview schedule, you can check your status on your Interviews tab.
Missed Interview Procedure
Interviews are serious and important events both for you and potential employers. They've traveled a long way to campus to interview you—an expense of both time and money. It's expected that you attend all interviews you've scheduled. However, there may be a time when unavoidable circumstances arise that prevent you from attending an interview. If this happens, please follow these steps:
- Call the company representative (if they called you to set up an interview, you should have their number).
- Try canceling your interview through Handshake.
- If it is too late to cancel an interview through Handshake, call Career Services at 906-487-2313 to tell them you're unable to attend.
- Please give as much notice as possible so another student can fill your interview slot.