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On Campus Recruiting FAQ

Following are some of the most common questions asked by employers when considering the on-campus recruiting process. If your question is not included here, please feel free to contact us.

Search FAQ:

Can I interview students from other area colleges while at Cornell?

No—Cornell's recruiting facilities are for exclusive use by Cornell students.

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How are interview schedules determined?

Candidates. Interview schedules, with the exception of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning are 100% prescreened by the employer through CCNet.

Start/end Time for Interviews; Interview Length. Depending on the college career office, the typical schedule consists of 12 to 13 half-hour interviews beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:30 pm. A 15-minute break is scheduled in the morning and afternoon, and lunch is scheduled from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Interview length variations must be indicated under Special Requests when completing the online Interview Date Request.

Schedule variations can be arranged due to travel arrangements or other reasons but no later than three (3) business days before the interview date.

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What is the typical daily interview schedule?

Depending on the college career office, the typical schedule consists of 12 to 13 half hour interviews beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:30 pm. A 15-minute break is scheduled in the morning and afternoon and lunch is scheduled from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Interview length variations must be discussed when reservations are made through the scheduling coordinator. Schedule variations can be arranged due to travel arrangements or other reasons but no later than three (3) business days before the interview date.

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May I make arrangements for additional rooms for second round interviews or greeters?

Space is extremely limited, especially during the recruiting season. Although we will try to help you if you have additional needs, our first priority is to assign rooms to employers who will be conducting first-round interviews. If we have space after meeting all these requests we will consider arrangements for second round interviews, testing space, and/or rooms for greeters. Extra space is never available unless advance arrangements have been made. Greeters who arrive without prearrangement may be asked to leave.

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What do the recruiters need to know?

Recruiters should be informed about:

  • Cornell Career Services' recruiting policies regarding offer deadlines and second round interviews, etc. Recruiters should not suggest to students that they attend off-campus second round interviews or events prior to the dates outlined in the policies.
  • Possible changes—cancellations, additions, etc.—to the schedules assembled by their organization. Recruiters should be reminded to check the schedule in career services for the most up-to-date information.
  • Start/end time of interviews, and interview location. Recruiters should arrive at least 15 minutes before their first interview.
  • Use of the facilities of the college career offices are for the use of University business. Interviewers should not plan on conducting non-recruiting business (for example, conference calls) from the career office. If you must schedule unrelated business, please speak with the receptionist in the recruiting office when you recruit to learn if alternate space is available. We appreciate your understanding of our limitations.

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Can recruiters have lunch with career office directors and/or faculty members?

We welcome the opportunity to meet with recruiters and share information. Please be aware that our lunch meetings are "Dutch Treat" by necessity. If you are interested in having lunch with one of the college career office directors, please let them know when you first arrive, or better yet, in advance of your visit. We would be happy to try to arrange lunch with faculty members or other Cornell contacts with advance notice.

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Equal Employment Opportunity and NACE Employer Principles for Employment

Employers who recruit at Cornell University must adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) guidelines and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Employment Professionals. If you would like further information about NACE, call 800/544-5272.

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