Student: On Campus Interviews

Welcome to OCI!

On-campus interviewing (OCI) provides eligible University of Pennsylvania students with the opportunity to interview and meet with employers interested in hiring Penn students for post-graduate jobs and internships.  Because of COVID- 19, Career Services will be coordinating virtual OCI interviews  during Fall 2020.  While employers may hold these interviews during the fall and /or spring semester, traditionally the vast majority opt to interview in September and October.  The first day for both internship and full-time interviewing for the 2020-2021 year will be Tuesday, September  22, although many resume submissions open in mid-August.  The first standard OCI resume submission deadline will be Sunday, September 13th, although a few employers may opt to make their submission deadline earlier.  Please check Handshake carefully to ensure you meet all deadlines.

Please note: Given the move to virtual processes, we urge students to regularly check both the OCI (on campus interviews) and non-OCI job and internship postings in Handshake as some employers who have traditionally participated in on-campus interviews will instead post their job or internship opportunity in Handshake and then coordinate their interviews outside of the standard OCI process.

Frequently Asked Questions

While we have provided information on the most common OCI questions below, many more answers may be found on our OCI/Handshake FAQ page. 

OCI Orientations

Students who choose to participate in on-campus interviewing and attend on-campus employer events are expected to know and abide by our policies and procedures.  You can view the 10 minute OCI orientation here.

Students on a Leave of Absence

Given the extenuating circumstances brought upon by COVID 19, students opting to take a leave of absence from Penn for Fall 2020 who have previously completed at least one semester at Penn will be allowed to participate in on-campus interviews. However, students MUST ensure that their graduation date is accurately reflected on Penn-in-Touch, on all employment documents (resumes, cover letters and employer applications), and on their Handshake profile. Employers, particularly those with regular, cyclical hiring patterns, often select students for interviews based on their expected graduation date. Internships are often reserved for students who will graduate in December or May after the internship is completed and who would therefore be in a position to accept a full-time offer. Students who have individual questions about how changes to their expected graduation date may affect their recruiting cycle should schedule an appointment with a Career Services advisor through Handshake. Students should speak with an academic advisor from their school to change their official graduation date if necessary. Failure to accurately report expected graduation date can result in a loss of the privileges outlined above.

Interview Cancellation Policy

Students may cancel an “on campus” interview through Handshake with no penalty at any time before the schedule closes on Handshake which is typically at 11:59 pm two working days before the interview.

Once the schedule closes on Handshake we expect students to attend their interviews. However, if you absolutely cannot make it, cancel your interview as soon as possible but at least one hour before the interview. Given the virtual nature of recruiting during Fall 2020, please cancel directly with the interviewer or the recruiting coordinator for the organization if you have their contact information as this will be the most expedient way to let them know.  If you do not have contact information for the organization, please call 215-898-4068 to let Career Services know that you will be cancelling. This line will be answered between 8:00 am – 6:00 on days interviews are scheduled through OCI. We will try to relay the information to the recruiter, assuming we have their contact information.  This is considered a “late cancellation.” If you have late cancellations on more than two separate recruiting dates, your recruiting privileges and Handshake access may be rescinded for the remainder of the academic year. Failing to show up for your interview, or canceling less than 60 minutes before the interview, is considered a “no show”. If you no-show on more than one recruiting date, your recruiting privileges and Handshake access may be rescinded for the remainder of the academic year.

In either case, you must send the recruiter an e-mail apologizing for missing the interview. In addition, you must send a BCC (blind carbon copy) to apology@pobox.upenn.edu so that the OCI staff knows that the apology has been sent to the recruiter. If OCI does not receive the blind carbon copy within three working days of the interview date your recruiting privileges and Handshake access may be suspended until it is received.