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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!

COVID Guidelines

As the COVID pandemic evolves, we are continually committed to the safety of our students, employer partners, and staff. We will be offering on-campus interviewing during the Fall 2020 semester, with new safety guidelines in place. Further, our team has reduced our total number of available interview rooms from 14 to 7 to allow us better social distancing options during recruiting season. We will also offer virtual interviewing options to employers who are not able to interview on-campus in the fall within these new parameters.

Please be aware that all visiting employer representatives and student interviewees will be required to follow the below policies in order to utilize the Interview Center: 

  • All individuals must wear a mask at all times while in the Interview Center. This includes during one-on-one interviews in individual interview rooms.
  • Only the employer representatives needed to conduct interviews may visit the Interview Center. We are not allowing greeters in order to limit the number of people present. For companies that have booked the entire Interview Center, up to 2 greeters may attend the interview day. However, greeters cannot stay in the lobby area to network during the interviews; they must have their own interview room to work in during the day.
  • Due to the size of our interview rooms, we can only safely support two individuals per room; one interviewer and one student per interview, per room.
  • There will be no handshakes or other forms of physical contact during your interview day.
  • Physical (paper) copies of resumes may not be exchanged during the interview day; employers may reach out to their applicants and request an electronic version beforehand as needed.
  • Directional signage will be present throughout the Interview Center to avoid cross-contamination; all visitors are required to follow directional signage.
  • Employers will be provided cleaning materials and encouraged to wipe down any surfaces in their interview room between interviews to better protect themselves and others.
  • We ask that employers be flexible with any student applicants who would rather conduct their interview slot virtually rather than physically come into the Interview Center.
  • Should you begin to feel ill prior to your scheduled interview day, develop a fever, or exhibit any other COVID symptoms, please contact our office immediately via phone or email so that we can help you reschedule your interviews.
  • The individual coordinating on-campus interviews on behalf of the employer is responsible for sharing these requirements with those representatives who will be on campus.

Please reach out to us at handshake@jmu.edu or 540-568-7379 with any questions or concerns about these policies prior to your interview date.


View our Recruiting Policies for policies regarding interviews.

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
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring Break

Check out our academic calendar for additional dates to consider before selecting your interviewing date.

Interview Models

When creating an interview schedule, it is important to consider the type of schedule that will best meet your recruiting needs. Your options include:

  • 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 scheduling interviews immediately following career fairs, building an interview schedule from an existing non-interview posting, or creating a less traditional interview schedule format.
    • If you select this model, please email your interview schedule to handshake@jmu.edu before your interviewing date. 
    • You must also schedule all interviews between 8:30am-4:30pm, as detailed below in Your Interviewing Day.
  • Virtual Preselect InterviewsThis model allows you to collect student applicants and handle interview sign ups via Handshake, then host your actual interview date virtually. Primary and alternate student choices are selected after the application period. Primaries are allowed to sign up before alternates. Once sign ups close, you can then set up and invite students to virtual interviews using an online video communications software, such as Zoom.

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 are available to meet your needs.

Virtual Interviews

Want to interview our students but can’t make it to campus? Let us help you set up virtual interviews, to speak with our students from your location.

Just as if you were holding on-campus interviews, you can collect applicants and manage interview sign ups using our Virtual Preselect Interviews modelThen, once sign ups close, you can invite students and schedule virtual interviews using an online video communications software, such as Zoom. Review Handshake's guide to Hosting Virtual Interviews for additional instructions.  

Check out these virtual recruitment strategies to make the most of your virtual interviews and to make sure your hiring process remains legal.

What software do we recommend?

Our Employer Services team recommends using Zoom to conduct your virtual interviews, as this software is easy-to-use, offers secure meetings, has streamlined calendar options, and collaborates with many types of devices.

If you have any questions or need assistance with scheduling your virtual interviews through Zoom, you may contact us at handshake@jmu.edu.  

Already use your own software?

If your organization already uses a standard virtual interviewing software, you are welcome to use this software to conduct your designated practice interviews.

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.

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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.


If you encounter technical difficulties while requesting your interview schedule, view Handshake’s Employer Help Center or email us at handshake@jmu.edu.  

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