On-Campus Interviewing

We can help you arrange interviews at the University Park campus for the internship, co-op, and full-time positions you have posted in Nittany Lion Careers.

On-campus interviews typically occur from late September through early December and from late January through April. Interviews take place either in the interview rooms in our office suite (117 Hammond Building) or at the Bank of America Career Services Center. Interview rooms in both locations are basic, with a small table and chairs.  Please bring any paper, pens/pencils, notepads or other office supplies you may need for your interviews. 

Students with Nittany Lion Careers accounts can view your job postings and, if they meet the requirements, they can submit résumés electronically for those of interest. After your résumé submission deadline has passed, you will receive a bundle of submitted résumés via email, after which time you typically have three working days to review the documents and choose students you would like to interview by designating them as Invited in Nittany Lion Careers. Invited students can then sign up electronically for interview time slots. You can monitor the sign-up process in real time.

You are strongly encouraged to select additional students as Alternates, who may sign up for any unclaimed interview time slots still available a few days prior to the interview day.

Please note that our staff does not recommend or select specific students for employers to interview.

Schedule Interviews

You can reserve interview space under the Shortcuts section on the Nittany Lion Careers home page. 

Select the On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) tab, then select Request a Schedule. You will be prompted to select the appropriate semester (either fall or spring) and the OCR model (either Preselect or Preselect to Alternate). Preselect is the preselected group of students you have chosen to interview for the position. This option does not provide the option to select alternate interviewees. Preselect to Alternate is the preselected group of students you have chosen to interview for the position but also includes an alternate group of interviewees who may be considered if a preselected candidate should be unable to interview.

After completing the remaining mandatory sections, you may submit the Schedule Request form.

Enter Job Descriptions

Once your interviews have been confirmed, you will receive an email notice that your request has been approved and that you must log in to Nittany Lion Careers to review the schedule assignment and attach one or more job postings to finalize the schedule(s).

Your next step is to post your detailed job description(s) in Nittany Lion Careers. Your job posting(s) will not be approved or be visible "live" to students until you have attached it/them to your interview schedule(s).

Manage Interviews

Once an on-campus recruiting schedule has been approved, the position will be open for student résumé submission. You will also see that the trigger dates have been adjusted; these dates let you know the deadline for students to submit their résumés and your deadline to select those students you would like to invite for interviews. To request any changes, please contact the Recruiting Manager.

You can view your job description(s), note the trigger dates, and view submitted résumés—as well as cover letters and transcripts if you selected these to be submitted—on Nittany Lion Careers in real time. After the résumé submission deadline has passed, you can begin to designate students as Invited (first choice to interview), Alternate (second choice), or Not Invited. You are encouraged to preselect/invite as many students as you have interview time slots available, as well as at least four alternates.  

A standard interview day is 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., with two 15-minute breaks and a one–hour lunch break. If you are doing 30-minute interviews, you will have 13 interview slots; for 45-minute interviews, nine slots; for 60-minute interviews, six slots; and for 90-minute interviews, four slots. The students you have designated as invited will be notified via Nittany Lion Careers that they have been invited to interview. You are encouraged to track your interview schedule as it fills. Please ensure that your final interview each day is finished by 5:00 p.m.

If you need to make changes to your interview schedule, please contact the Recruiting Manager prior to designating your invited students if possible, as it's much easier to adjust a schedule before students have signed up.

If you fail to show up for your scheduled interviews, if you leave campus prior to finishing scheduled interviews, or if you cancel interviews at the last minute without a valid reason, you may be prohibited from using our services and/or facilities in the future.


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032