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On Campus Interviews

The Office of Career Services is available to provide guidance and assistance throughout your job exploration, interview and career decision processes.  In order to provide the highest level of support, Career Services has established policies and guidelines.  These policies and guidelines are designed to benefit you as well as our employer partners. We ask that you familiarize yourself prior to attending on-campus and/or local interviews. 

INTERVIEW GUIDELINES

To participate in the on-campus interview process, you must be registered with the Office of Career Services.  Business professional attire is required and you must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview.  Student must meet qualifications specified by the employer.

INTERVIEW FEEDBACK

We ask employers to rate you in the following areas:

  • Appearance    
  • Confidence    
  • Asked Pertinent/Purposeful Questions   
  • Knowledge of Organization                                                                                                                                        
  • Skills/Ability to Perform the Job  
  • Interactive Communication    
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving             

This information will be used to provide feedback to strengthen your interviewing skills. 


MOCK INTERVIEWS

You may call the Office of Career Services at 870-575-8461 to schedule a mock interview according to availability between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 pm.  (Tuesday – Friday).


SECOND OR THIRD-ROUND INTERVIEW

Please notify your career coach in the Office of Career Services by phone or email if you receive notification of a second and/or third round interview.


NO SHOWS AND LATE CANCELLATION POLICY

Please understand when you schedule an employment interview, you are making a commitment.  It is the expectation of the employer and the Office of Career Services that you honor your commitment. When you do not show or cancel an interview less than 24 hours before, it is expensive in terms of lost corporate time to the employer.  A no show or late cancellation also takes away the opportunity for another UAPB student who could have filled the interview slot.  Therefore, “Late Cancellations and No Shows” will not be tolerated in the On-Campus Interview Process. 

In order to be fair to employers and students, the following procedures will be implemented:  


No Shows

First Offense – The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator.  The student will also be required to write a letter of apology within 24 hours to the interviewer with whom he/she failed to keep the appointment.  Failure to comply with this policy will result in the student no longer being able to interview through the On-Campus Interview Process for the remainder of the semester

Second Offense- The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator. The student will also be required to write a letter of apology within 24 hours to the interviewer with whom he/she failed to keep the appointment.  At that time, the student is informed that he/she is suspended for a semester and can no longer interview through the On-Campus Interview Process.

Third Offense – The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator. At that time, the student is informed that he/she is suspended for the remainder of the school year and can no longer interview through the On-Campus Interview Process. The student can appeal this action by requesting in writing a meeting with their coordinator and the Director of Career Services.  


Late Cancellations

The Office of Career Services must be notified at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled interview time by telephone in order to avoid the consequences of the Late Cancellation Policy.   

First Offense- The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator. The student will also be required to write a letter of apology within 24 hours to the interviewer with whom he/she failed to keep the appointment.   Failure to comply with this policy will result in the student no longer being able to interview through the On-Campus Interview Process for the remainder of the semester.

Second Offense- The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator.  The student will also be required to write a letter of apology within 24 hours to the interviewer with whom he/she failed to keep the appointment.  At that time, the student is informed that he/she is suspended for a semester and can no longer interview through the On-Campus Interview Process.

Third Offense- The student is required to meet with his/her coordinator. At that time, the student is informed that he/she is suspended for the remainder of the school year and can no longer interview through the On-Campus Interview Process. The student can appeal this action by requesting in writing a meeting with their coordinator and the Director of Career Services.  

NOTE:  The Career Services’ staff reserves the right to review the circumstances of each student offense and can modify or dismiss the disciplinary action.

A Career Services’ staff member will approve the content of each letter.  Once approved, the student will email the letter to the employer and BCC his/her coordinator.  A copy of the letter will be placed in the student’s file.


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

If the University is closed at any point during the year, all on-campus recruiting activities (to include interviews, information sessions and table events) will be cancelled.  Recruiting activities will be rescheduled for a later date at the employer’s request. 

Local Cooperative Education or Internship

Students are required to follow the inclement weather policy of the company for which they are employed.


OFFER POLICY

Career Services discourages students from accepting verbal offers.  If you are offered a position, wait to receive it in writing and carefully review the employment contract. We understand that this is a big decision.  If there are special circumstances surrounding your decision to accept or to decline an offer, such as the need for more time to make a decision, your career coach will guide you through the process.


Accepting Job Offers

Keep us informed.  If you decide to accept a position CONGRATULATIONS, we kindly request that you take a moment to notify you career coach in Career Services so that he/she can update your employment status.  Once you notify your career coach, please submit a copy of your job offer via email.  Salary information is kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only.

Please note that once you have accepted an employment offer, you are no longer eligible to apply for positions or to attend any previously scheduled interviews.  Please notify your career coach to assist you in notifying the employer(s).


Declining Job Offers

As soon as you’ve made your decision, call the hiring manager and write your letter declining the offer. Sample Rejection Letter 
Please contact your career coach for assistance prior to submitting your letter.


Reneging on Job Offers

Once you accept a job offer, you have made a commitment and you MUST honor your commitment! Receiving a better offer is not an ethically acceptable reason to renege on your acceptance.  If you decide to renege on your commitment (back out after accepting) to accept a different offer, there may be consequences. The obvious repercussions of your decision are the fact that you have more than likely “burned a bridge” with that company and with the individuals who were your contacts at that company (remember that these individuals may one day work at a different company in which you may be interested).