On-Campus Interviews (OCI) provide current Sac State students and Sac State Alumni the opportunity to interview with regional and area employers who visit the Career Center during the fall and spring semesters. Full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and paid internships are offered through the program.
Follow the steps below to connect to On-Campus Interview opportunities. Check Hornet Career Connection regularly as new schedules will become available throughout the semester.
There are three types of schedule options an employer may select. Each job posting will indicate which model is being used and provide steps to be taken for application purposes.
During the OCI season, we encourage you to check your email and voicemail communication regularly to ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities.
Step One: Login to Hornet Career Connection
Step Two: Select MY ACCOUNT to update your GPA, Major, & Graduation Date. This will ensure you are eligible for positions.
Step Three: Select RESUME and DOCUMENTS to upload up to 50 documents including resumes, cover letters, transcripts, etc.
Step Four: Select OCI INTERVIEWS I QUALIFY FOR located on your Hornet Career Connection homepage to view schedules and positions.
Step Five: Review the OCI postings & apply for those that interest you. Be sure to submit all the requested documents.
Managing your Interviews:
Select Scheduled On-Campus Interviews, on the Hornet Career Connection homepage, to help keep track of your scheduled interviews or to see if an employer has requested an interview with you. It is recommended you check this daily.
Select Scheduled On-Campus Interviews, on the Hornet Career Connection homepage.
The Vertical Dot [ • ] icon will allow you to cancel or reschedule your interview.
You must do this two days prior to the interview to avoid suspension of your On-Campus Interview privileges.
Tips to shine during your Interview
Researching the Company and Opportunity
Spending time researching employers will help give you an idea of what companies and industries may interest you. If you decide to apply for the position, it is essential that you research to find out everything you can about the company before you sit down for the interview. An employer will expect you to have a basic knowledge of the company, role, and how your experiences and skills could translate to the position.
Practice your Interview Answers
It is important that you spend some time prepping for your interview. While we don't recommend having a canned response for interview questions, we do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what you might be asked. Utilize the Career Center for guidance in this area.
Identify your Selling Points
The goal of the interview is to show how you can make a positive impact on the organization. Your answers should reflect your experiences, strengths, and unique selling points. It is helpful to think about transferrable skillsets that can be used in the new role.
Leaving a Lasting Impression
On the day of your interview, plan to arrive to the Career Center 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview. Make sure your attire is professional, pressed, and you are well groomed. Stay engaged throughout the interview and remember to ask follow-up questions regarding the company or role. Finally, we recommend sending a thank you note or email after the interview.
Responding to a Job Offer
Job offers are generally made by mail, phone or email. The majority of employers will confirm a verbal job offer in writing which will include salary, position details, and start date. We encourage you to ask for some time to reflect on a job offer once it is made; 24 hours to a week is typically adequate time. Use this time to reflect on what is being offered and to develop any points you would like to negotiate.
If you decide to decline the offer it is necessary that you communicate that to the employer.
Evaluating a Job Offer
The following questions may help you assess if an opportunity is right for you:
- Does the company and job opportunity excite you?
- Can you envision yourself working there?
- Will the opportunity help you reach the next step in your career goals?
- Does the work schedule fit your needs? If you need flexibility, will you have it?
- Can you live on the income you are being offered and do you fully understand the benefits package?
- Does the company offer you potential for growth, professional development, or community involvement?
Visit the Career Center during drop-in hours (Monday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm) or schedule an appointment.
For More Information:
Employer Relations Specialist