The Academic and Career Planning Center’s (ACPC) on-campus interviewing program offers students the opportunity to interview for internships and full-time positions with a variety of employers from business, industry, and government. On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) is primarily a pre-select system, where employers select candidates from among the students who request interviews with them. The procedures for requesting and scheduling OCI interviews using the Nittany Lion Career Network (NLCN) (formerly Nittany Lion Recruiting NLR) system are described in a separate section.
NLCN is the Web-based system used by Penn State Behrend, University Park, Harrisburg and many other PSU campuses. NLCN has three main components:
Before participating in on-campus interviewing, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend an NLCN orientation session. Only after you have registered with the NLCN can you submit resumes, request interviews and/or schedule interviews.
Please read the following sections to learn more about the on-campus interviewing program and how it would fit into your job search plan. Note that Behrend, University Park, Harrisburg, and Berks all have OCI positions available to you.
When an account is established in your name, it is for your use only. Sharing your account or submitting resumes for other candidates is strictly forbidden and will result in dismissal from the system.
2. Personal Profile
You MUST complete your Personal Profile. Some fields will be automatically filled with data. Contact Heather Rogers if there are errors in fields you can’t edit. Without this information, you will not be notified of interview invitations or information sessions, nor be included in resume searches conducted by employers. Make sure to choose Campus = Erie and College = Behrend College.
Deadlines are strictly adhered to—no resumes will be accepted after the posted deadline. Application deadlines are listed on the job postings and are generally 20 days prior to the interview date.
4. Information Sessions
Many employers schedule sessions, usually the night before their interviews, to present information about their company and opportunities. Attendance at Behrend information sessions is REQUIRED for students selected to interview, unless you have a class or work conflict. Students attending all information sessions should wear business-casual attire. Attendance at other campuses’ company information sessions for all students invited to interviews can be helpful but it is not required. Employers consider these events to be a part of the interview process. Students not selected to interview may also attend information sessions, when allowed by employers. Check NLCN for information sessions for current or future employer visits. Also note any instructions concerning special literature or data forms requested by the company. Since travel to other campuses is lengthy, it is recommended that you try to attend information sessions for your top employer choices.
5. Changing Your Interview Time
You may change your interview time through the NLCN system, provided time slots are still available. Interview time changes are accepted up to 8:30 a.m. the business day prior to the date of the interview for other PSU campuses, and up to two business days before for Behrend employers.
When you submit a request for an interview, you are committed to schedule an interview if the employer selects you. The only acceptable reasons for cancelations are: 1) you are faced with an emergency or illness; 2) you have an on-site interview with another company; or 3) you have accepted another job offer. If extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your commitment, you must decline your interview through the NLCN system no later than 8:30 a.m. on the business day prior to the interview for other PSU campuses, and two business days for Behrend employers. Do NOT cancel your interview directly with the employer. We will only accept cancelations by telephone the day of an interview, and only for illness. Interviews canceled the day of the employer’s visit are considered no-shows and you are expected to write a letter to the employer as described below.
7. No Shows
Students selected for interviews who fail to appear for a scheduled interview for any reason will be considered no shows. No shows will have their interviewing privileges withdrawn immediately. The first time you miss an interview, your interview requesting/scheduling privileges will be withheld until a letter of explanation/ apology is written to the employer. This letter and a stamped envelope addressed to the employer must be provided to the Academic and Career Planning Center in Reed 125. We will mail it to the employer and reactivate your registration. The second offense will result in your privileges being withdrawn permanently. Students calling in the day of their interview for ANY reason are considered no-shows, will be blocked from using the system, and are required to write a letter of explanation/apology to the employer.
8. Job Offers
You are expected to notify employers who offer you a position of an acceptance or non-acceptance of an offer in a timely manner, accept an offer of employment in good faith, withdraw from the recruiting process after accepting an offer of employment and discontinue pursuit of a position with other employers upon graduation. Candidates who accept a position and then renege will have permanent removal of interview privileges for all OCI at all PSU campuses, including Behrend.
1. Arrive 10 or 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled interview time.
2. For Behrend, report to Academic and Career Planning Center in Reed 125 or the assigned room.
3. For Harrisburg, report to the Career Services Office, Olmsted Building, Room W 117. More information is available here.
4. For University Park:
When you request an interview you are making a serious commitment. Your request is an expression of interest in that employer and an implied promise that you will schedule an interview if your request is granted. To subsequently fail to schedule an interview is a breach of professional ethics. To help you determine whether or not you should request an interview with a given employer, consider the following four points:
Consider your time and class schedule. How many interviews can you handle in a week? How many class periods do you have open on the day of the employer’s visit? Don’t request more interviews than you can manage. Since over 500 employers recruit at Behrend, and the other PSU campuses each fall and spring semester, you should carefully choose the employers that most closely match your interests.
Many students request interviews for each opening, hoping that they will be increasing their chances for an interview. In reality, this may not be the case. If you have sound academic credentials, a clearly expressed career objective, and the background to support that objective, you will be a strong candidate. You will increase the chances of being granted an on-campus interview if you present yourself effectively on your resume and only request interviews for positions about which you are able to express genuine interest.
Academic and Career Planning Center has career counselors available to assist you in discussing your interests, qualifications and the job search process in general. To meet with a career counselor call 898-6164, or visit the office, Room 125, Reed Building to schedule a time.
On-Campus Interviewing for Non-technical Majors
It gets discouraging to look at on-campus interviewing notices and see requests for engineers, engineers, and more engineers! Sometimes it feels like no one wants the graduate of a non-technical major. Here are some of the facts of placement and job search strategies for those who are selling more than specialized skills.
First of all, the on-campus interviewing system will benefit some students more than others. If you are in a non-business or non-technical school or major and wish to utilize your academic background in business and industry, you would benefit from registering with the NLCN for on-campus interviewing for entry-level business opportunities. While many on-campus recruiters are looking for technical grads, some are looking for non-technical grads, as well. Don’t miss out on an interview because of a misperception of the opportunities.
Secondly, on occasion employers from government and human services will recruit on campus for positions other than entry-level business. Close to 1,000 employers are coming to Penn State in on-campus interviewing, so plan ahead.
Finally, rarely, if ever, do representatives from the communications industry, the arts, politics, and other non-business and industry fields participate in on-campus interviewing. Academic and Career Planning Center provides numerous services intended to assist you in the job search such as: clarification of employment goals, identifying potential employers, and developing the appropriate tools and strategies for contacting employers, which can help if you don’t see listings for companies of interest.