Basics about H4H and OCI
Students and alumni:
- Post your resume.
- View and apply for post-grad jobs, internships, co-ops.
- Apply for jobs that have an already-scheduled On-Campus Interview (OCI) date.
- Post jobs, internships, and co-ops for Virginia Tech students and new graduates.
- View resumes.
- Schedule On-Campus Interviews and much more.
- Please see Employer Services for details and assistance!
- Each year 250-350 organizations send representatives to travel to campus to interview students.
- Interviews may be for post-graduation jobs, internships and co-ops.
- OCI and job fairs are NOT the same thing!
- OCI progam interviews occur during 10 weeks of fall 2016, and 8 weeks of spring 2017.
- Employers often book their interview dates many months in advance.
- Each year there is a set schedule of OCI dates and deadlines.
- Students apply for each job of interest 3-4 weeks prior to the interview date.
- When students should participate in On-Campus Interviewing
- Number of employers and students who participated in OCI in the past.
- Annual variation by employers is due to the economy and the job market.
- Can alumni participate in On-Campus Interviewing?
- No-showing for an interview you schedule is unacceptable.
- Read the Cancellation & Missed Interview Policy for students.
- Participation in OCI is a privilege you can lose.
- "I didn't know," is not accepted as an excuse.
FAQs about Hokies4Hire
All currently enrolled Virginia Tech students automatically have a Hokies4Hire active account and can complete your profile and use the system.
If you completed your degree recently (according to the records of the University Registrar), you might still have an active account.
First check to see if you have an active account: Use Hokies4Hire Student Login.
Alumni who do not have an account (OR have an inactive account), and are actively job-seeking can request an account (or account reactivation) by sending an email to email@example.com as follows:
Subject: request H4H account
- your full name
- an accurate email address
- your Virginia Tech PID
- your Virginia Tech degree and major or graduate program
- your Virginia Tech graduation year
Your account will be created/activated by 5:00 pm the next business day.
- Undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking any type of career-related employment, including internships, co-ops, career-related summer employment, and post-graduation jobs.
- Recent graduates might find jobs of interest.
Enables you to:
- UPLOAD YOUR RESUME and indicate you would like it viewable by employers. Employers seeking resumes of Virginia Tech students and alumni are given access to Hokies4Hire.
- APPLY FOR JOBS listed in Hokies4Hire, including jobs with on-campus interviews scheduled in the On-Campus Interviewing Program.
- Receive notices from Career and Professional Development about programs that relate to your major or career interests.
- Jobs can be posted throughout the year, so you can view jobs and apply year 'round.
- Note that SOME of the jobs in Hokies4Hire are part of the On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program which runs for several weeks in fall and spring semesters.
- OCI does not run all year; Hokies4Hire DOES run all year.
- Your resume does not automatically go to all the employers who interview through On-Campus Interviewing (OCI). If that happened, those employers couldn't possibly review the volume of resumes and wouldn't know which students really want to work for them.
- To have your resume go to a particular employer, you must, in Hokies4Hire, view and apply for each job that interests you; when you apply for a job, your resume is sent to the employer with that job.
- That is possible, if you have posted your resume, and your resume looks good, and you have the qualifications the employer is seeking.
- You should also take the active steps of searching for positions of interest and applying to those jobs.
- Caution: We do see some resumes submitted to our database that are not written in such a way as to make a positive impression on employers; we have occasionally had employers contact us to complain.
- Good news: We can help you. Every Virginia Tech student can create a good-quality resume if you use our guidelines for writing your resume, have your resume critiqued through advising, and make revisions until you've got a competitive document. (Also read our Career Planning Guide, which is free when you visit our office, for resume guidelines and job search information.)
- That will be specified in each individual job.
- If a cover letter is required, the instructions will state this, and you should submit a letter customized to that employer and that job.
- If nothing is stated about a cover letter, then you don't need one to apply to that specific job.
- Learn more about writing cover letters.
Double-check the following:
- Did you go to Hokies4Hire student login?
- Did you follow the instructions in Hokies4Hire to:
- use (your PID)@vt.edu as your username?
- use the last four digits of your student ID number as your initial password?
Still can't login?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org; tell us your full name, your Virginia Tech PID, and the error message.
FAQs about On-Campus Interviewing [OCI]
Career / job fairs are typically one-day or two-day events.
There are now up to 17 different VT-affiliated job fairs each year. Fairs are annual events that take months of planning. Each fair has its own purpose and sponsor — a college, department or student organization at Virginia Tech (a couple of these offer both a fall and spring event with the same purpose and audience). See the career fair list and see how to prepare for more on that.
OCI runs for 18 weeks each year: ten weeks in fall, and eight weeks in spring, so that comes to about 90 days of interviewing — different employers throughout all those weeks. See the schedule of dates and deadlines.
For OCI, you use Hokies4Hire online to complete your profile, post your resume, and apply for jobs. You apply for jobs about four weeks before the interview — so it takes advance planning.
Some of the job fairs are followed by a day or half-day of interviewing, but those interviews are typically scheduled during the fair, so it's a quick turnaround. See the career fair list for links to each fair's website where you can find more details.
Career and Professional Development sponsors two job fairs: Connection Job Fair in fall [October] and spring [February]. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of all fairs that match your career goals and qualifications — based on advance research prior to attending the fair! We do not operate or control the other fairs; we do offer career fair prep workshops, advising and resume reviews.
- Some do and some don't.
- Look at the career fair list and view the website for each fair to see which employers are attending each fair.
- To see which employers are participating in On-Campus Interviewing, log in to Hokies4Hire and search for employers.
- Probably both.
- Some employers attend career fairs to meet students and give students a chance to get to know them in advance of formal OCI.
- If you meet an employer at a fair, and you know the employer is also doing OCI, ask the employer how one relates to the other. It could be that the same representatives of the company are handling both, or it is possible that different divisions or locations are doing separate recruiting.
- Just be aware that at career fairs, employers may not be fully aware of the OCI process for students. Follow the H4H and OCI procedures, and ask our recruiting staff for assistance if you are confused about the OCI process.
View jobs. You may search by various criteria including major. View jobs weekly, because there are advance deadlines based on the week when interviews are scheduled. See dates and deadlines for weekly application deadline dates (Sunday midnight). Employers book their interview dates many months in advance; however, sometimes they send the final details for jobs just before the student application deadline, so checking weekly gives you the latest information.
Read each job description to determine whether to apply. Apply for EACH job that interests you and for which you are qualified. Simply uploading your resume into Hokies4Hire is not applying; thousands of students' resumes could be uploaded, and employers do not want to review thousands of resumes; they do want to review resumes of students who express interest in a job by taking initiative to apply.
Do not judge a job or your qualifications SOLELY on major. If you are qualified, you may apply for a job even if the employer does not specify your major. If you search for jobs only on major, you may miss jobs that would be of interest to and a fit for you.
Also do not apply for jobs for which you are not qualified. This is a waste of your time and of the employer's time.
After students apply, employers review resumes and select students to interview (and employers may select alternates). If you are selected or chosen as an alternate, you'll be emailed with instructions on how to sign up in Hokies4Hire. If selected, you are NOT required to sign up.
If you DO sign up, you ARE required to attend the interview.
Before you choose to sign up for an interview, read the Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy for Students. Signing up is your choice, and thus a commitment. If you do sign up, and you do not cancel by the deadline, you must attend. Failure to attend is discourteous and unprofessional; it steals the employer's time and money and steals the interview time from another student. If an employer reports you as a no-show, you lose the privilege to apply and sign up for future interviews.
Attend your interviews. Location is Smith Career Center, second floor check-in and waiting area.
Dates and deadlines gives you the timeline and dates for each step, based on the interview-week dates, from application to interview dates.
In the event that you need to cancel a scheduled interview:
- Login to Hokies4Hire
- Select “My Account” and under that “My Activity”
- Select “Schedules”
- Select “Interviews”
- Select "Schedule ID Number" of the interview you wish to cancel.
- Under “Sessions” select your interview date (arrow on left indicates this)
- Under “Timeslots” see your interview time.
- Under “Action” select “Cancel”
Note if the deadline to cancel has passed, you must follow instructions to contact the interviewer directly.
See Cancellation and Missed Interview Policy.
See dates and deadlines.
If you need assistance with this process, contact Career and Professional Development employer relations staff at 540-231-6776 or email email@example.com.
- Most don't. Of all organizations that recruit through OCI, 62% make just one annual visit for OCI (though, again, some of them also attend job fairs as discussed above).
- About 71% of the OCI employers interview in fall semester, and about 54% interview in spring semester.
- About 37% make two OCI visits in the academic year (some interview twice during one semester, so making two visits does not always mean they are interviewing in both fall and spring).
- Keep in mind that some organizations have divisions or locations that do separate recruiting, so you may see an organization name more than once for that reason.
- Yes. The majority of jobs are for students completing bachelor's degrees — this simply mirrors the student population at Virginia Tech.
- The same job market realities apply to recruiting of graduate students. Not all types of employers and career fields are represented in OCI; employers use OCI if it is a cost effective way to meet a critical mass of candidates. Whether or not you find jobs in OCI may depend on your field.
- Employers strictly seeking doctoral level candidates might not use OCI if it's not practical. Instead, they might directly contact academic departments that produce those graduates, and list positions in relevant professional publications and web sites.
- Career and Professional Development does not screen student GPAs for OCI participation.
- Employers may state GPA preferences; some do.
- Contrary to what anyone might tell you, there is no single GPA cutoff that applies to all of OCI. Some employers do prefer 3.0 and above; some specify 2.8, some specify 2.5; some employers don't specify a GPA preference.
- A strong GPA is to your advantage; however, most employers hiring graduating students are looking for career-related experience during college. If you have good experience and an average GPA, you might possibly be more competitive than a student with no experience and a higher GPA.
- Employers also look for evidence of initiative, such as extra-curricular leadership and involvement, work experience that requires good communication and interpersonal skills and customer service, experience working in teams, professional demeanor, and evidence of a strong work ethic, like working during college to contribute to your college expenses. These can also help to overcome a GPA that is not as high as you would like it to be.
- If you are unsure how your GPA affects your chances in OCI, speak with a Career and Professional Development advisor. Your GPA should be considered in light of your other qualifications. If there is a shortage of job candidates with your skills, some employers may not be as particular about GPA as others. Also see should I include my GPA on my resume?
- lf GPA is not your strongest qualification, you'll need to make up for this by presenting the rest of your qualifications effectively in your resume and by taking initiative in your job search, both with OCI and other job search strategies.
- Many (but not all) of the jobs in OCI are technical, scientific, computer-related, engineering, business, sales, accounting, financial services, marketing and management.
- Students can apply for jobs through OCI regardless of major — as long as you are qualified.
- There are a significant number of employers who recruit students from almost any major, because those employers will provide their new hires with formal training and because they are seeking characteristics like work ethic, teamwork skills, interpersonal skills, etc, that are not owned by any one major.
- Many students with humanities, social science, and other majors are successful in OCI because they are interested in the career fields available through OCI and because they've learned to think beyond major and can show employers they have skills that match the jobs.
- (For participation data by college, see the numbers of interviews by college.)
- However, not every career field or type of employer is represented in OCI. For example, social service positions, television broadcasting jobs, and many others are not recruited through OCI. Many employers either don't have the need or don't have the resources to travel to campuses to recruit. Those employers use other means to hire. Employers use OCI if it is cost effective to do so.
Generally, in career fields in which demand for job candidates exceeds the supply, employers must work harder to find candidates, and therefore will make the effort to recruit on campus. Even among employers who travel to campus, some will choose to attend job fairs and do interviewing during the same visit through the job fair, and not through OCI.
Generally, in career fields in which the supply of job seekers exceeds jobs available, job seekers must take the initiative to seek out employers; thus there is less need for these types of employers to travel to recruit.
Recruiting on campus costs employers time and money in travel expenses, so whether or not to use OCI is an economic decision for employers.
OCI represents a limited segment of the job market in several ways:
- by geographic location of employers
- by type of employer
- by type of employment
- by type and quality of candidates sought
OCI is driven by employer demand, and employer demand is driven by the economy.
Employers do not recruit on campus as a service to students.
Employers do recruit on campus if this is the most cost-effective way to fill their hiring needs.
Just as job seekers must network, and successful ones do, employers also network to recruit and find candidates. Use professional networking activities to seek out employers.
- Again, some employers will choose to recruit through a job fair, and not use OCI.
- Employers who fill positions as they come open usually need to advertise and fill positions quickly — OCI does not serve this purpose. However, those employers can search for VT resumes online through Hokies4Hire, so be sure you upload your resume (and indicate you want employers to see it!) in Hokies4Hire.
- Smaller organizations often do not have the personnel and the funds to travel to recruit on campus. Again, however, their needs can be served by searching Hokies4Hire for student resumes.
- Geographically distant, smaller or regional organizations are less likely to have incentive to recruit on campus or seek out students at VT. Students who are targeting employers in a distant location will typically need to take initiative to seek out those employers and use job search strategies other than OCI.
- Employers targeting very specialized candidates — such as some Ph.D.s or Ed.D.s — probably won't use OCI. It's not practical. Instead, they may directly contact the departments that produce the doctoral candidates with the credentials they seek, and they may post their positions in relevant professional publications and web sites.
- Certain career fields are not represented in OCI — it's simply not a useful way for those employers to do hiring. For example, you typically will not find social service occupations, broadcasting positions, or arts management positions listed in OCI — other job search strategies are used to seek those types of jobs — see job and internship search guide for more resources.
- There is no secret.
- Employers look for a professional and pleasant demeanor, appropriate attire and grooming, honesty, a positive attitude, and an ability to articulate your skills and why you would like to work for the organization giving you the interview.
- Employers expect candidates to "do your homework," which means researching the organization in advance of the interview.
- If you seem like you have no real interest in, or knowledge of, the organization, the interviewer will view you as wasting his/her time regardless of how good your qualifications are.
- Employers are looking for a good fit, or match, between you and the job and the organization.
- See more about interviewing skills.
- OCI represents a portion, not all, of the job market. It serves certain types of employers, not all. It is driven by employer demand and by the economy.
- If you find nothing in your chosen career field in OCI, it means there are other strategies you need to use to pursue your career goals.
- Our advisors in Career and Professional Development will help you select appropriate job search strategies and develop your job search skills (resume guide, interviewing skills, and more.)
- Read top tips for the job search.
- Schedule an advising appointment for individual assistance with your job search. Your appointment time will be most productive if you review the job and internship search guide first so that you have a familiarity with job search basics.
We have data for those who completed undergraduates degrees. In the late nineties, up to a fourth of Virginia Tech students found their starting post-grad jobs through on-campus interviewing. When hiring projections slow, or are uncertain, fewer employers visit campus for OCI; so the percentage varies by college and by year as the economy fluctuates.
Data below are from the Post-Graduation Report, compiled frrom our annual survey of the bachelor's degree graduates.
We ask the source of the accepted job for employed graduates (and much more).
More graduates use OCI to explore opportunities, but choose to accept offers from other sources.
Keep in mind: one of the job top sources for new grads is receiving an offer from an employer for whom they worked prior, through an internship, co-op, summer job, part-time job, volunteering, field-study, or other means. That has been the job source for 20-29% of grads in the most recent ten years.
By academic year of graduation, percent of employed graduates (total university) who identified OCI as the source of the job they accepted: (others may have had offers; this % is for accepts.)
- 2014-2015: 12% [variance among colleges: 0-21%]
- 2013-2014: 9% [variance among colleges: 0-18%]
- 2012-2013: 9% [variance among colleges: 0-19%]
- 2011-2012: 13% [variance among colleges: 0-25%]
- 2010-2011: 10% [variance among colleges: 0-20%]
- 2009-2010: 10%
- 2008-2009: 9%
- 2007-2008: 11%
- 2006-2007: 11%
- 2005-2006: 14%
- 2004-2005: 17%
- 2003-2004: 16%
- 2002-2003: 12.7%
- 2001-2002: 16.5%
- 2000-2001: 17.9%
- 1999-2000: 22.2%
- 1998-1999: 19.3%
- 1997-1998: 24.6%
- 1996-1997: 21.7%
- 1995-1996: 18.1%
- 1994-1995: 16.0%
To see data for specific colleges, and to see how else grads got their jobs: