On-Grounds Interviewing

Jumpstart your career by participating in the University of Virginia’s On-Grounds Interview Program! Employers from all over the United States want to hire UVA students and they conduct interviews on Grounds to offer exciting full-time and internship opportunities.

If you are an employer looking to conduct interviews at UVA, please see our Employer OGI Information.

OGI Guidelines and Policies

Eligibility

  • Students: All current University of Virginia degree-seeking students are eligible to participate in On-Grounds Interviews (OGI).
  • Alumni: UVA alumni are eligible for OGI if they have graduated within the following time frames
    • May graduates have access until the next December 31st  
    • August and December graduates have access until the next June 30th
  • UVA College at Wise, Darden School of Business, School of Law, and UVA Medical School Students are not eligible to participate in OGI and should seek opportunities in their respective career services offices.

OGI Orientation

To participate in OGI, you must complete the On-Grounds Interview Orientation and agree to all policies. You will then gain access to the interview section of Handshake where you can browse and apply to OGI positions. Remember to abide by these policies throughout the year or risk losing your On-Grounds Interviewing privileges. A detailed copy of student policies and guidelines can be found here

If you have questions regarding an upcoming On-Grounds interview please call the Career Center at 434-924-8900.

Logistics

All interviews for Fall 2020 will be conducted in a virtual format. 

Once you have submitted your application to an On-Grounds Interview opportunity, you will be notified via Handshake if you are selected to interview by the employer. Please refer to our "On-Grounds Interviewing – Handshake How To Guide for Students" for detailed instructions on how to sign-up for an interview if you have been selected as a primary or alternate candidate for the interview schedule. Additional instructions on how to sign-up for your interview time slot can also be found on Handshake’s support website

If you have been selected to interview virtually with a company through the On-Grounds Interview program and have taken a slot on the organization's interview schedule, you will be sent the virtual log-in information and details via email no later than 2 business days prior to the scheduled interview date. Please be sure to check Handshake to confirm your interview time. 

On the day of your interview, you should log-in to the platform, using the information provided in your confirmation email, at least 5-10 minutes prior to your interview start time shown in Handshake. The interviewer will admit you to the virtual room as soon as the previous interview has concluded.


OGI Policies and Guidelines

The University of Virginia’s ability to maintain a high quality On-Grounds Interview program depends upon strong relationships between the university, employers, staff, and students. Please remember that participating in OGI is a privilege and that students’ interaction with employers affects the reputation of UVA as a whole. As a UVA student, you should adhere to our OGI guidelines in order to continue participating in the On-Grounds Interview Program.

Employment Integrity

  • You must provide accurate information about education, experience, grades, and qualifications on your Handshake Profile
  • You must confirm that any application materials submitted are honest, accurate, and abide by the UVA Honor Code
  • By choosing to list your Handshake profile as public, all employers registered in the system may view it
  • You should only interview with On-Grounds employers that you have researched and who interest you
  • Only claim fair and reasonable reimbursement from employers for off-Grounds interview expenses

Interview Cancellation & "No Show" Policy

You must honor your commitment to interview with companies after you have scheduled times as part of the On-Grounds Interview program. Failure to honor your commitment not only reflects poorly on you as an individual applicant, but also hurts the reputation of the University of Virginia and other students. Please respect employers' time as well as other students' ability to interview with employers of interest.

If you need to cancel a scheduled on-Grounds interview...
  • Leave your interview slot in Handshake as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00pm, three business days before the interview date. Hopefully, other candidates interested in the company will be able to take your place. Double check and make sure that you do not accidentally keep the interview time in Handshake.
  • In the event of an emergency and you need to cancel your interview after the three business day window, you must inform both the UVA Career Center and the employer. Please reach out to the UVA Career Center to obtain additional instructions.
If you are reported as a “no show” for a scheduled On-Grounds Interview...
  • Your OGI privileges will be suspended
  • You must reach out to the UVA Career Center with an explanation of your absence and obtain recruiters details
  • To be reinstated in the On-Grounds Interview program, you must follow all instructions communicated by the Career Center Team
  • You will be required send a written apology to the interviewer for missing your interview
  • You are obligated to honor all of the interviews that you still have scheduled with other employers if your OGI privileges are revoked
  • The Career Center reserves the right to suspend OGI eligibility on a permanent basis for repeat offenses
  • Other OGI offenses include reneging on offers, and misrepresentation on application materials

Accepting Offers

  • You should only accept an offer for employment or internship in good faith, with the full intention of honoring your commitment
  • If you accept an offer, you must withdraw from the recruiting process immediately
  • You should contact the Career Center and communicate job offer acceptance and to learn how to communicate to employers
  • You should communicate your offer acceptance with recruiters of other companies if you still have outstanding offers or interviews
  • You should contact the Career Center before considering reneging on my acceptance of a job offer
  • You should contact the Career Center  if an employer rescinds your job offer
  • You should report career outcomes in Handshake (unless you are enrolled in the McIntire School of Commerce)

OGI Reinstatement Process

A student’s OGI privileges are suspended following:

  • A second on-Grounds interview no show
  • Misrepresentation of student’s credentials

To have OGI privileges reinstated, a student must:

  • Immediately schedule a meeting with a career services representative to discuss On-Grounds Interviewing policies and craft a letter of apology and send to the employer.
  • OGI privileges will be reinstated two weeks following your meeting.

Inclement Weather Policy

If the University of Virginia is closed due to inclement weather, On-Grounds Interviews will not occur.

If the University is open all interviews will continue as planned unless you are informed otherwise. If you believe that you are placing yourself at considerable risk by traveling to the UVA Career Center, please speak with someone in our office by calling 434-924-8900 or call the recruiter directly. We will inform you the day before or the morning of your interview if there are any changes in format or schedule.

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Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8am-5pm.