On-Campus Interviewing

On-Campus Interviewing for Students

On-campus interviews are a main component of the On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) program, which provides eligible University of Pennsylvania students and recent alumni with the opportunity to interview and meet with 300+ employers who visit Career Services during the fall and spring semesters for full-time and summer internship positions.

Interviewing on campus typically occurs from late September through early December for the fall semester, and mid January through early May for the spring semester. Resume submissions open in mid August and vary throughout the semester, so be sure to check Handshake frequently!

OCR Orientations

Students who choose to participate in on-campus interviewing and attending on-campus employer events are expected to know and abide by our policies and procedures.

Interviewing Logistics

Most on-campus interviews will occur in the OCR interview facility (basement level of the McNeil Building, Suite 90) or at the Inn at Penn Hotel. Some interviews may take place virtually or in nearby center city corporate offices. Coffee Chats usually take place in the OCR interview facility, or in a local coffee house. Please verify your interview location in Handshake to make sure you go to the correct location.

If you have an upcoming telephone or virtual interview with an employer and would like to reserve space in the Career Services office, please click here.

Interview Cancellation/Late Cancellation/No Show/Apology Policies

Career Services requires that all students participating in OCR cancel interviews in advance if they cannot keep an interview appointment as scheduled. When you fail to cancel your interviews in a timely fashion or do not show for your scheduled interview, your actions reflect poorly on you as an individual and on the University as a whole. Not only do you inconvenience the employer, but you may also deprive another student of a valuable interview opportunity. For late cancellations/no-shows, please review our Interview Cancellation Policies and then call the On-Campus Recruiting front desk at 215-898-4068.

Recruiter Add-On Interviews

Some organizations may fill open interview slots on the day of their on-campus interviews by accepting "Recruiter Add-On Interviews." If you wish to be considered for an "add-on" interview, complete the "Recruiter Add-On Interview Request Form" for each position that interests you, attach the form to your resume, and deposit it in the "Recruiter Add-On Interview Request Box" outside of Career Services. Collection hours are 9:15am-2:00pm one business day before the interview date. Only students whose requests have been submitted will be notified.

Study Abroad

Students studying abroad are welcome to submit resumes through the standard on-campus recruiting process. If you are selected for an interview, you should sign up as quickly as possible for an interview timeslot via Handshake and then IMMEDIATELY send an email to vpul-ocrabroad@pobox.upenn.edu indicating your name (as listed in Handshake), the organization's name and position title for which you are interviewing, and the date and time of the interview. Career Services will then reach out to the recruiter to see if they would prefer to interview you via videoconference at that time while they are on campus (via iPads we can use in the interview suite) OR if they prefer to schedule an alternate date and time to interview you outside of the OCR schedule (in which case you would cancel your interview in Handshake). The turn-around time is very quick for this process to happen, so please do not delay in emailing us to let us know about interviews you have scheduled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many answers to OCR-related questions may be found on our OCR/Handshake FAQ page.