OCR / Handshake FAQ


Please bear with us as we transition to Handshake. For immediate questions please refer to the Handshake FAQ.

About OCR and Handshake
Primary, Alternate, and Open Sign-Ups
Canceling / Rescheduling Interviews
Handshake Registration
Recruiter Add-on Interviews
Job Search Documents / Resumes
Interviews (Including Second Round Interview and Offer Policies)
Cover Letters & Transcripts
Employer Presentations
Applying for OCR Jobs
Technical Troubleshooting

About OCR and Handshake

What is On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)?On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) is the service that enables organizations to come to campus to interview students for post-graduate jobs and summer internships . Managed by Career Services, OCR schedules thousands of interviews each year.

What kinds of organizations recruit on campus?The majority of organizations choosing to interview at Penn are those that have regular, predictable hiring patterns - typically corporate employers hiring students for business-related and technical positions. Organizations that hire only as specific positions become available typically do not utilize OCR services. (However, many such organizations do post non-OCR job listings on Handshake.)

How does OCR work?OCR works through a system called Handshake. Handshake is an integrated on-line system through which you have access to OCR as well as other jobs and internships that employers post for Penn students. Through Handshake you will be able to find out which organizations are coming to Penn to recruit; read job and organizational descriptions; submit application materials (resumes, cover letters, unofficial transcripts) for employers to review; find out if you have been selected for particular interviews; and sign up for a specific interview time.

How often should I check Handshake?Every day, especially during the recruiting season. It is important to check daily so that you do not miss any deadlines.

When are the Handshake daily deadlines for OCR positions?Deadlines are at 11:59 pm. Be aware that although web servers sometimes go down, our deadlines don't change. If you wait until the last minute to meet recruiting deadlines and the Handshake server goes down, you may miss out on opportunities. We encourage you to complete all activities associated with recruiting at least 24 hours before each deadline.


OCR Eligibility

Who can participate in OCR?OCR is open to students enrolled in degree programs (not certification programs) in the following schools: Annenberg, Arts and Sciences, Biomedical Graduate Studies, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (who are full-time or part-time status and within one year of graduation), Engineering, Education, Design, Nursing, Social Policy and Practice, Wharton Undergraduate and Wharton Doctoral Programs, as well as alumni from these schools within one year of graduation upon request. Those eligible to interview for permanent positions in 2018-2019 include undergraduate and master's degree students graduating in December 2018, May 2019, or August 2019, alumni within one year of graduation when given special permission by Career Services, and doctoral candidates (post-master's/ABD) whose last academic year at Penn is 2018-2019. Those eligible to interview for summer jobs include all full-time underclassmen, master's and doctoral students, and, upon request, seniors going directly to graduate school. (Note that alumni, even those within one year of graduation, are not eligible to use OCR for summer internships. Students in the Engineering EMTM are also not eligible for OCR.)

I'm a December graduate and would like to use on-campus recruiting through the second semester. Can I do this? Do I have to fill out a form?December graduates automatically maintain on-campus recruiting privileges until the following May.


Handshake Registration

How do I register for Handshake?Go to https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/handshake

When I attempt to access Handshake, I cannot access on-campus recruiting listings. Why is this? What do I do? Alumni are not eligible to participate in on-campus recruiting. (The only exception to this is individuals within one year of graduation upon special permission from Career Services. These alumni are only able to interview for full-time opportunities, not internships.) It is possible that your account has an administrative setting (not viewable to users) that is removing the OCR listings from your Handshake account. This is typically caused when a student changes his/her graduation date.  Contact a staff member for your school including your name and graduation date to explain your situation. This setting can only be changed by a Career Services staff member. 

What if I can't access Handshake?Be sure you are using your PennKey and password. If you still can't register, contact a staff member in Career Services.

What if I have already registered but need to change my class status?Go to Handshake and select " My Profile" under your name. You will be able to edit your school year (such as sophomore or junior) to accurately reflect when you plan to graduate to employers.  Be aware that the system regularly syncs with Penn's Data Warehouse, so any updates you make to fields which are synced which are inconsistent with that data will be overwritten.

Can I change my login information for Handshake?No. You will always use your PennKey and password to log in to the system.


 Job Search Documents

What documents can I upload into Handshake? Handshake allows you to store resumes, cover letters, writing samples, unofficial transcripts, and "other documents". You indicate what type of document it is when you upload it to the system.

How many documents can I store in the system at a time?There is no limit to how many documents you may have in the system at one time. Once you have submitted document(s) for a position, you may delete it to have room to upload new ones for other positions.

How do I add a document to the Handshake system?See the Handshake FAQ.

Can I change documents after I have submitted them to an OCR employer?While you can withdraw applications from Handshake, be aware that employers can view applications as soon as they are submitted, so even if you withdraw and reapply for a posiiton it is possible the employer may have already viewed the documents.

I've been selected for an interview and want to change my resume prior to this interview. How do I do this?While you cannot change your resume after an employer has downloaded it, you can bring an updated copy of your resume to the interview and give it to the employer.


Cover Letters and Transcripts

How do I know if an employers wants a cover letter or a transcript?Employers may request or require documents such as cover letters or unofficial transcripts in addition to a resume.  Read the application instructions for each position to determine which documents the employers would like to receive. (You will not be able to apply for a position if a document is required unless you submit all required materials.) 

I would like to add a cover letter to an employer that does not request one. Can I do this?Yes, Handshake will allow applicants to subit a cover letter even if it is not requested.

Can I change or correct a document after I have submitted it to an employer?You will be able to withdraw your OCR application materials and resubmit new ones (if you wish) for a particular position as long as the submission period for the position is still open. Find the application in the applications tab under "Jobs" on Handshake. However, realize that the employer may have already viewed your original documents. 

An employer requires a transcript. What do I do?To submit an unofficial copy of your transcript to an employer through Handshake, copy and paste your transcript from "Penn-in-Touch" into a Word document. Since "Penn-in-Touch" does not have your name on each page, you'll need to add it. If you don't, the employer will not know whose transcript it is, and will consider your application incomplete. Make sure your name on this document matches the name on your resume.

It is common for employers to request an official transcript later in the hiring process or upon start of employment. Career Services will spot-check transcripts for accuracy. Be aware that falsification of data on your transcript is an academic integrity violation and will result in revocation of OCR privileges and a charge of academic dishonesty.

Where can I obtain an official transcript?You can obtain your official transcript from the Registrar's Office, located in the Franklin Building, Suite 221, or by phone at 898-7511. There is a fee for this service, and it may take several days to process. Note that you do not need an official transcript to apply for OCR positions, but most employers will require one when they extend an offer to students.

An employer requested my SAT or GMAT scores. Where should I include them?If requested by an employer, include your test scores on your resume or in your cover letter. We recommend not including them as a separate document.


Applying for OCR Jobs

What methods are there for securing OCR interviews?There are a variety of ways to secure on-campus interviews with employers visiting Penn. Organizations recruiting on campus may choose from the following options for filling their interview schedules: Pre-selection, Open Schedules, and Recruiter Add-On Interviews.

What does it mean if I am pre-selected for an interview? What is an alternate?Pre-selection is the most common way for students to get interviews. Using this option, employers receive and review the resumes students submit electronically via Handshake. Employers select the students they wish to interview. Selected students are designated as "primary" or "alternate" candidates. If you are a primary candidate, you are guaranteed an interview spot, provided you sign up for your interview during the primary sign-up period. Alternates will be able to sign up for interviews after the primary sign-up period, provided that not all primary candidates opt to sign up.

What are "open" schedules?Occasionally, organizations opt not to review resumes in advance, but rather let you sign up for interviews on a first-come, first-served basis. These are called "Open" schedules.

How do I find out which organizations are recruiting? How do I sort results by deadline?To find OCR positions from the main Handshake home page, simply click on the "Jobs" tab to see all job listings in the system. To see ONLY OCR positions, click on the "Interviewing on Campus" option which you can see when you expand the filter button.  Select either "Internship" or "Job" under Job Type depending on what type of position you are seeking. Use the "sort by" feature at the top of the resulting jobs list to sort by expiration (deadline) date. 

Where do I find job descriptions for the organizations coming to recruit?To see complete information for each job posting, simply click on the job title.

How do I submit documents for a specific positionFirst click on the job title to read the job description and determine if you would like to apply. If you are interested, click on the "Apply Now" button on the job description page. Note that you will not be able to apply until the application period is actually open.  Handshake will indicate how closely you match any preferences the employer might have included in the job description, such as class year, GPA, work authorization, or major.  While it makes sense to apply to those positions for which you meet all or most of the employer preferences, Handshake will not prevent you from applying even if you don't match all of the preferences.

I am only interested in very specific fields. Can I limit my search to those areas?You can keyword search and/or filter on a variety of options (such as job function or industry) in the bar on the top of the "Jobs" page in Handshake.  Expand the filter button to see the complete list of options you can filter on.   

I really don't know anything about a particular organization or a particular industry recruiting on campus. Should I submit my resume anyway, just to see if the organization is interested in me?It is not a smart strategy to drop your resume for "everything" and see where it lands. You should always read the job description and review the qualifications before submitting your resume. It is a waste of both your time and the employer's to apply for a position for which you are unqualified or have no interest. You are not required to be a complete expert on an organization or type of job in order to apply for it. However, you should know enough to believe that you'd be interested in interviewing for the position and that you have the requisite qualifications for it.

The specific position listed on Handshake does not interest me, but I am really interested in working for the particular organization. Should I submit my resume anyway?No, you should submit materials only for the specific position for which the organization is coming on campus. If, however, you want to let an employer know of your interest in a different position, you may write directly to the recruiter to express your interest and to ask for an appropriate contact if he or she is not it.

An organization is recruiting for multiple position or locations. Can I submit my materials for more than one?Organizations vary on this. Many allow you to apply for more than one position, provided you are genuinely interested and meet the qualifications for each opportunity. Some, however, will limit you to one application only. The job description should specify if the organization limits the number of positions to which you can apply. If you choose to apply for multiple positions, be aware that the same individual(s) at the organization may receive all your materials. If you apply to too many positions, you may end up appearing unfocused and unsure of your career goals.

What should I do if Handshake does not let me submit my materials for a position that interests me?Be sure that the submission period for the particular position is open. If you are not within the exact dates for submission, you will not be able to apply. If the application period is open and you still can't apply please check with a Career Services advisor who can research the situation.

What do I do if I missed an OCR submission deadline, but I would still like to apply for a position?If you miss the deadline for submitting your resume to a specific employer, you can get the name and address of the appropriate contact person if that person decided to include her/her information on the job description. It will be in the right column on the job description. (If there is no contact information, the employer chose not to provide it.) Email your resume, cover letter and any other required materials directly to the recruiter. You will be added directly to the organization's interview list in Handshake if the recruiter wishes to interview you. Keep in mind, however, that employers review resumes and select students for interviews relatively quickly after the on-line submission deadline. If you send your materials well after the final resume drop date, they may not arrive in time for consideration.  If it is very close to the interview date, you may want to submit your resume for a recruiter add-on interview one working day before the interview date.


Primary, Alternate, and Open Sign-Ups

How do I know I was chosen for an interview?If you are chosen for an interview as a "Primary" or "Alternate" candidate, Handshake will automatically send you an e-mail inviting you to schedule an interview when sign-ups begin. You can also view your status under the "Applications" tab under "Jobs" as soon as the employer changes your status in Handshake.  (This could be a day or two before sign-ups actually begin.) In addition, you may also receive an e-mail directly from the employer, congratulating you on receiving the interview, and inviting you to sign up. Often this e-mail will arrive before the sign-up period starts. Keep in mind that you will not be able to sign-up until the appropriate sign-up period begins. Sign-ups begin at 11:00 pm on the date noted in Handshake for the particular interview schedule.

How do I sign up for an interview?You may sign up for an interview from the "Applications" tab in Handshake.  Pay very close attention to deadlines when signing up for interviews. Primary candidates can begin signing up for interviews on the first day of sign-ups for the particular interview schedule starting at 11:00 pm. Simply click on the link and all available times will show up.  If you've been designated as an "Alternate," your sign up generally starts 2-3 days after the prmary sign-up begins. From the time that alternate sign-up begins, primary candidates and alternates become equal, and alternates are able to sign up for any remaining interview slots. If you are selected as an alternate, but cannot sign up, it indicates that all the interview slots have been filled.

I've been told that I've been selected to interview with an organization, but the invitation is not showing up in Handshake. What should I do?While a majority of employers enter their invitations through Handshake some employers contact students directly to invite them for an interview. If you find yourself in this situation, you should check Handshake for a schedule of when sign-ups will begin for the particular position. Sometimes employers send e-mails before sign-ups officially begin. Note that you won't be able to sign up early. (A very few employers opt to schedule interviews outside of the Handshake system. The employer will notify you if you are selected and this is the case.) If, however, after sign-ups have officially started on Handshake, the employer has not submitted your name to OCR and you would like to interview with the organization when they are on campus, you must contact the employer and ask them to contact their recruiting manager in OCR so that you may be added to the schedule. Contact information for employers can generally be found in the job description in Handshake, provided the employer chose to release that information for students. Check with Career Services if you are not able to resolve the problem with the recruiter.

I've been pre-selected for an interview but I've decided I'm not interested in the position. Do I have to sign-up?No. If you're pre-selected but don't want to interview you can decline the interview or simply not sign up for a slot in Handshake.

I was selected as a primary candidate.  However, I can't sign up for an interview because no times are available. Why can't I sign up?First of all, make sure that the sign-up period is open. If you are a primary candidate, you must pay careful attention to when alternate sign-ups start!  If you do not sign up for an interview before the alternate sign-ups begin, your time slot may go to another student. If it is unclear why you can't sign up, please contact a Career Services advisor ASAP so that they can research the issue for you.

Can I schedule two interviews in a row?It is better not to, as it is possible your first interview may run late or long. Also, be sure to check the length of the interview. Don't assume that an interview is a half-hour. Back-to-back interviews are two consecutive interviews with the same organization. Occasionally interviews run 45 or 60 minutes in length. Always make sure you check the interview length and leave an ample amount of time to reach your next interview.

I had to schedule two interviews in a row. How will I notify my second interviewer that I may be running late?OCR provides a "Back-to-Back" form in the on-campus recruiting suite for you to fill out for the second interview and place the form on the door of the second recruiter so that s/he will know that you might be late. Please note that these forms are not available for interviews at the Inn at Penn.


Canceling / Rescheduling Interviews

I have already signed up for an interview, but now want to change my interview time. How do I do this?As long as the sign-up period is still open, you may change or withdraw from your interview with no repercussions. If you need to change the time of your interview, or you decide that you want to cancel your interview entirely, you can do so from the "Applications" tab on Handshake. Sign-ups generally end two working days before the interview date at 11:59 pm. Note that it may be difficult to find alternate times if the schedule is full.

I have an interview conflict, and would like to swap interview slots with another student. How do I do this?You can use the Interview Swap request feature in Handshake to request to swap times with another student already on the schedule. To request an interview swap, just click the appropriate button on the interview sign-up page in Handshake. You will then have the option to select a new time (if another slot is available) or request a swap with a student if the slot you want is taken. Clicking on the link will trigger an email to the student who has the slot, which the student can than accept or decline.  If the swap is accepted, the trade will automatically take place.

I need to cancel an interview and the sign-up schedule is no longer available on Handshake. How do I do this?Cancel your interview as soon as possible but at least one hour before the interview by calling OCR at 215-898-4068. (You may also stop by the receptionist's desk in the OCR Suite to fill out a cancellation form.) 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. The e-mail must be sent specifically to the recruiter who interviewed on campus. The name of the recruiter and his/her e-mail are available the day after the interview from the "Recruiters Business Card Binder" in the Career Services library. However, if your interview was held at the Inn at Penn, no recruiter cards will be available. In that case, you will need to write to the employer's recruiting contact, whose name can be found (if s/he chose to show it) on the job description in Handshake. In addition, you must send a BCC (blind carbon copy) to apology@pobox.upenn.edu so that OCR staff knows that the apology has been sent to the recruiter. If OCR does not receive the blind carbon copy within three working days of the interview date your recruiting privileges and Handshake access will be suspended until it is received. NOTE: THERE ARE NO CANCELLATIONS BY E-MAIL PERMITTED! PLEASE CANCEL BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE OCR RECEPTIONIST'S DESK. DO NOT CONTACT A CAREER SERVICES STAFF MEMBER TO CANCEL.

I missed an interview. What do I do?This counts as a "no show". You will need to follow the procedures outlined above.


Recruiter Add-On Interviews

What is a "recruiter add-on interview" and how do I apply for one?Some organizations will fill any open interview slots on the day of their on-campus interviews by accepting "Recruiter Add-On Interviews". If you want to try to get an "add-on" interview, fill out a "Recruiter Add-On Interview Request Form" (available from the main OCR web page) for each position that interests you, attach it to your resume, and deposit it in the "Recruiter Add-On Interview Request Box" outside of Career Services. Collection hours are 9:15 am - 2:00 pm one working day before the interview date. Your add-on request(s) will be given to the recruiter(s) when they check in to OCR the following morning. The recruiter(s) will review the resumes at their convenience and will inform the OCR receptionist should they wish to interview you. Please do not call to check on the status of your add-on request. The OCR receptionist will contact students whose requests have been accepted. Students whose requests are denied will not be contacted.  You can also see an Excel sheet of which employers are recruiting on campus each day (along with the positions they are recruiting for) from the main OCR web page. 



Where are interviews held? What do I do?Most interviews are held in the OCR Recruiting Suite on the ground floor of the McNeil Building, although some are held at the Inn at Penn. You can verify the location by looking at the "Room" column on the interview schedule on Handshake. (Note that exact rooms are not assigned until one working day before the interview date.)  If your interview is in the OCR Suite, you will find interview schedules posted for each organization on the University Recruiting Bulletin Board in the lobby. Sign in by placing your initials beside your name on the posted schedule. The alphabetical part of the room number indicates the waiting area: A, B, C, D, or E. Take a seat in the designated waiting area and do not knock on the interview door. The interviewer will come out and ask for you when s/he is ready. Check with the Concierge to find out where to go if your interview is held at the Inn at Penn.

I've signed up for an interview. Which copy of my resume will the recruiter be bringing?The copy you submitted through Handshake for the specific schedule. Feel free to bring an updated copy of your resume to the interview to give to the recruiter if you have recently made changes to it.

What do I wear to an interview?For almost all interviews on campus, you want to wear formal business attire. Men should typically wear a suit, tie, dark socks and dark shoes. For women, a suit, stockings and conservative accessories are the expectation. Note, however, that some organizations do allow more casual dress for interviews. If the recruiter suggests that interviewees dress more casually it is acceptable to do so. Both men and women who opt to use fragrances should keep them to a minimum. Interviewing rooms are small and some people are allergic to particular scents. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and you want to make the most professional one possible. Discreet clothing is always preferable in an interview.

How can I find out the name of the recruiter I interviewed with?For interviews in OCR, the business card of your recruiter is attached to the sheet where you signed in. If you neglected to get the recruiter's contact information, you should check the business card binder in the Career Services library the following day. This is updated daily, and is found towards the back of the library across from the computers. Be aware for Inn at Penn interviews -  If your interview takes place at the Inn at Penn, you must ask for a business card at the time of the interview. If you forget to get the business card of your interviewer, you will need to write to the recruiting contact listed on Handshake (who most likely will not have been your interviewer). No one in OCR or Career Services has information on specific interviewers from the Inn at Penn.

What should I do to prepare for an interview on campus?To be really well prepared for an interview, you want to both read as much as you can about the organization, and also talk to people about it. Be sure to review the job description the organization has provided. Scour the organization's website. Do an internet/Google search for recent articles about the organization. Search the Penn Alumni Directory (QuakerNet) or LinkedIn to talk to Penn graduates working at the organization. Learn as much as you can about the industry of which the employer is a part. Talk to people who work in the field. Be sure to check if the organization is holding any information sessions. These will either be open sessions for general information or "night before interview" sessions for students who will be interviewing the next day. If you are interviewing, you will be expected to attend the "night before interview" session.

In general, what do employers look for when they interview? What makes someone stand out?Employers are looking for students who are interested in them and seem sure of their career choice. They seek applicants who project self-confidence, are aware of their skills, interests, and goals, and who can demonstrate knowledge of the specific position, the organization, and the industry in which the organization fits. Think carefully about your personality and your goals, skills and interests.

I'm nervous about my interviewing skills? What can I do?
First, review the interviewing tips on the Career Services Web site. Attend a Career Services interviewing workshop offered throughout the semester. Schedule a mock interview with a Career Services advisor to practice and refine your interviewing skills. Use the interviewing software practice tool, InterviewStream (available from the interviewing part of the Career Services website) to practice your interviewing skills via a computer webcam.

Does Penn have a second round interview policy?
Based on the success of your initial interview, you may be invited to a second round interview, often within a day or two of your first interview. Sometimes this conflicts with first round interviews you already have scheduled. In order to eliminate the cancellation of first round interviews, we have asked OCR employers not to schedule second round interviews on the following days. If you are asked for a second/final round interview on one of these days and it inteferes with an interview you have scheduled on campus, please ask the recruiter for an alternate date for the second round interview.


•September: 20, 21, 24, 25, 26 and 27
•October: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 11


•September: 28
•October: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18

Should I send a thank-you note after an on-campus interview?It is always appropriate to send a thank-you note after an interview. Your note should refer to your conversation and reiterate your interest in the position. It needn't be very long, but it should be specific and personal. There is no "right answer" as to whether your thank-you note should be e-mailed or posted, as employers differ in their preferences. What is important is that the letter be sent shortly after the interview. (However, if you know the firm will be making very quick decisions on whom to invite for second round interviews, it makes sense to email your thank you as opposed to mail a hard copy.)

Does Penn have an offer guidelines for recruiters?

We encourage all employers to adhere to the following guidelines when hiring Penn students. For full-time offers extended at the end of the summer to interns returning for their final year, we ask that employers give them until Monday, October 15, 2015 so that students may participate in on-campus recruiting. This date is also requested for other students whom employers may have interviewed over the summer as well for full-time offers. We ask that full-time offers extended in the fall be held open until October 31.

We ask that internship offers extended in summer or fall for summer 2019 start dates be held open until November 5th.  We also suggest this date for students who interned with an organization during the Summer of 2018 to whom a return internship offer was extended.

We ask that internship and full-time offers extended after January 1, 2019 be held open for at least one week. 

Career Services advisors will be happy to meet with students to discuss asking for additional time if needed to decide on an offer. While we cannot force employers to adhere to these guidelines, we frequently meet with students to discuss the best ways to ask for more time if needed.

I've accepted another job offer. What should I do?Your acceptance of a job offer - whether by voice, e-mail or letter - indicates your commitment to that employer. Once you have accepted a job offer, you should discontinue any job searching, and decline or cancel any remaining interviews as soon as you can. It is unethical and unprofessional to continue searching once you have accepted a job. There may be occasions when you are pressured to accept a job offer before you have completed your interviewing or before you are ready to decide. Discuss your concerns with a Career Services advisor before accepting an offer you are not sure is right for you. Be aware that Career Services may terminate Handshake access for students who renege on an offer. (This means that juniors can lose their recruiting rights for senior year and seniors may lose access to the Handshake system after graduation.)


Employer Presentations

Where do I find the most up-to-date presentation information?You can search for presentations through the Events option in Handshake. You can also find them on the Events calendar  on the Career Services homepage.

Are presentations intended for all Penn students?The intended audience will be indicated in the presentation listings Handshake. There are a number of categories for presentations. Open presentations are open to all Penn students, although often specifically targeted towards either graduating students seeking full-time jobs or sophomores or juniors (or first-year graduate students) seeking internships.. Night Before presentations are primarily geared toward students who will be interviewing with the employer the next day. Students with scheduled interviews should make a point of attending.  (Students requesting "recruiter add-on interviews" may also particularly want to attend.) These students are expected to attend and should notify the employer in advance if not able to do so. It is your responsibility to check to see if the employer is holding a "night before" presentation. Do not expect them to e-mail you about it. Look under the "label" section in the left side of Handshake to filter on type of presentation and intended audience.

What is the proper attire for employer presentations?Most employer presentations are business casual, unless otherwise noted. While many feel that "business casual" exists on a continuum between t-shirts and formal business suit, it is important to remember that this is a professional interaction. A safe bet is for men to wear shirts with a collar and long pants (not jeans) and for women to wear pants or skirts with a nice blouse or sweater. For "night before" presentations, you should plan to dress more formally.

What typically happens during a presentation?Usually, the event begins with a presentation on the organization and the positions for which it is recruiting. The presentation is typically facilitated by a manager and/or human resources representative. Penn alumni who work for the organization may also give remarks about their experiences at the organization. This may be followed by a question and answer period and an informal reception where students have a chance to chat with representatives. It is wise to get business cards from representatives for follow-up if you are particularly interested in the opportunity.


Technical Troubleshooting

The Handshake server is down. What do I do?Although Handshake is very reliable, we cannot guarantee that it will not experience server problems, nor can we adjust recruiting deadlines to allow for software malfunctions. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you apply for positions early--well ahead of deadlines. If you experience a problem within the system, send an e-mail to one of the advisors for your school to let them know of the problem.

I have questions not answered above. What do I do?First check the Handshake FAQ. Also feel free to contact a Career Services staff member if you have other questions or difficulties not answered above. Although we try to answer emails and other inquiries promptly, we do not have round-the-clock technical support. We will answer your question as soon as possible.