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View the Handshake Employer Help Center’s Interviews section for instructions on How to Post an Interview Schedule to a SchoolHow to Add a Job to an Interview ScheduleHow to Edit Your Interview Schedule, and more. 

For additional support through this process, watch Handshake’s Employer Training Posting Jobs and Requesting Interviews webinar!

Our Interview Center

Interview students in our Interview Center, located on the third floor of the Student Success Center. Our Interview Center has 14 interview rooms, as well as a teleconference room and employer lounge.

Recruiting Dates

View JMU's recruiting season start and end dates within our employer newsletter.

There will be no recruiting on the following dates:

  • Day 1 of the Campus-Wide Career Fair
  • Assessment Day
  • Spring Break

Check JMU’s Academic Calendar for additional dates to consider before selecting your interviewing date.

On-Campus Interview Models

Before requesting an interviewing schedule, please familiarize yourself with the differences in the On-Campus Interview Models listed below:

  • Preselect to Alternate: This model allows you to collect primary and alternate student applicants and handle interview sign ups via Handshake. Primary and alternate student choices are selected after the application period. Primaries are allowed to sign up before alternates.
  • Room Only: This model allows you to reserve a room, but you build your own interview schedule outside of Handshake. Each recruiter is responsible for creating their interview schedule and communicating about interview times with their applicants directly. This option is often used for day-after interviews (following Career Fairs), if you are building your own schedule based on a non-OCI job posting, or if you would rather use an atypical interview schedule format.
    • If you select this model, please email your interview schedule to before your interviewing date. 
    • You must also schedule all interviews between 8:30am-4:30am, as detailed below in Your Interviewing Day.

Interviewing dates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so try to schedule at least four weeks in advance of your preferred date! Scheduling early will assist you in securing a date that is suitable to your recruiting itinerary and will ensure a sufficient number of interview rooms available to meet your needs.

Can't make it to campus but still want to interview JMU students? No problem! Email us at about interviewing JMU students via Skype.

Your Interviewing Day at JMU

8 a.m.

  • Arrive at the Student Success Center and park in the Mason Street Parking Deck. Our office will provide parking codes and directions prior to your interview day.
    • Make certain that you have your parking codes prior to your visit.
    • Parking is provided on Level 2 of the parking deck.
    • Enter your parking code at one of the kiosks located near the entrance.
  • Go to the Interview Center on the 3rd Floor of the Student Success Center.
  • Check in at the Front Desk. Our staff will escort you to your designated interview room(s).
    • If you created your own schedule and did not email it to our office before your recruiting date, please provide a copy to our staff upon check-in.

8:30 a.m.

  • Interviews begin
    • Candidates will arrive and check-in at the front desk and be seated in the lobby.
    • When you are ready for the interview to begin, you may greet the candidate in the lobby and escort them to the interview room.

12 p.m.

  • Lunch break (dining options are provided below)

1 p.m.

  • Afternoon interviews begin

4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Team recap of interviews for the day at JMU

5 p.m.

  • Interview Center closes
    • There are open spaces throughout the building to meet as a group.

Tips for Success
  • Build your brand on campus! 
  • Promote your OCR positions!
    • Request promotion so that we may assist you in promoting your OCR positions to JMU students.
  • Communicate with your candidates throughout the recruiting process.
    • Contact applicants who did not make it to the interview stage so that that they know their status and can improve.
    • Stay in touch with your applicants and with us!  We value your partnerships and thank you for your interest in our students.

Principles for Professional Conduct

Dining Options
  • The Bistro 1908 is an excellent lunch option and is located on the second floor of the Student Success Center. If possible, it is recommended to be at this location as much prior to noon as possible in order to avoid long lines.

Beyond Restaurant & Lounge Capital Ale House Clementine Cafe Jimmy Madison’s
W. Water Street 41 Court Square 153 S. Main Street 121 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801  Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
540-432-0105 540-564-2537 540-801-8881 540-432-1000
Union Station  Wilton House Bella Luna Wood Fired Pizza Cuban Burger
128 W. Market Street 412 S. Main Street 80 W. Water Street 70 W. Water Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
540-437-0042 540-434-4464 540-422-2102 540-812-6970
Food Bar Food Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack Local Chop & Grill House
126 W. Bruce Street 80 S. Main Street 92 S. Main Street 56 W. Gay Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
540-433-3663 540-433-5225 540-433-1793 540-801-0505
Jimmy John’s Cinnamon Bear Honey Baked Hams Tutti Gusti’s
540-432-1100 540-433-2867 540-434-5700 540-434-6177
Delivery Provided Delivery Provided Delivery Provided Delivery Provided
Menu Menu Menu Menu

Hotels & Lodging
Inclement Weather
  • If the university is closed, on-campus recruiting activities and events will be cancelled.
  • If the university has a delayed opening, interviews will begin when the university is open.
  • Any interviews taking place before the University’s new opening time will need to be rescheduled.

For more information, please review our Inclement Weather Policy.


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