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Our Interview Center

The Career and Academic Planning office is located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Success Center. Recruiting Services and Advising staff share the same office space. This provides employers with the unique opportunity to engage with our staff which interacts with JMU students throughout their academic careers and helps guide them to achieve their educational and career ambitions.

The interview center has 14 interview rooms. In addition, in the center of the office space is a teleconference room with seating for approximately 20 individuals. Next to the teleconference room is an enclosed lounge for employers where interviewers may have privacy to work on one of the workstations that is provided by our office or connect to our wireless network.

Important Dates
  • May 1: Fall OCR & Career Fair Registration Opens
  • Sept 14 - Nov 16: On-campus Recruiting Season
  • Sept 25: First Day of Career Fair (No Recruiting)

On-Campus Recruiting Options
  • Our Employer Relations and Recruiting Services team recommends using the Preselect or Preselect to Alternate On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) models for your next interviewing date here at JMU. Check out each of our OCR models and their benefits.

Scheduling a Visit for On-Campus Recruiting

Please read all of the information provided below so that you will understand the process from start to finish.

  • Log into Recruit-A-Duke. (You must register first if you do not already have a NACElink account.)
  • From the main menu, select the tab across the top of the page labeled On-Campus Recruiting (OCR).
  • Under the schedules tab, click on Request A Schedule and fill out all of the required fields
  • Before requesting a schedule, please familiarize yourself with the differences in the On Campus Recruiting Models listed below:
    • Preselect: In this recruiting model, employers will have the opportunity to post their position on the system and, from the resumes that are received, select only the students that they wish to interview. Students that have been selected for interviews will sign up for an interview time on Recruit-A-Duke.
    • Preselect to Alternate: This model functions the same way as the preselect model but it also includes the option of selecting a few students as alternates. Students selected as alternates can sign up for interviews if there is still available space on your schedule. We recommend this model in most cases.
    • Room Only: With the room only model, the employer holds the responsibility of generating their own interview schedules as we would be only issuing the use of the interview room itself.
  • Please provide interview schedules prior to or upon arrival. Interviews should begin no earlier than 8:00 am and end by 4:30 pm.
  • Can't make it to campus but still want to interview JMU students? No problem! Contact us about interviewing JMU students via Skype.

Your Interview Day at JMU

7:30 - 8:00 AM

  • Arrive at the Student Success Center and park in the Grace Street Parking Deck.
    • Make certain that you have your parking codes prior to your visit.
    • Parking is provided on the Underground Level of the Parking Deck.
    • Enter your parking code at the kiosk located near the elevator.
    • Make time to stop by Dunkin Donuts on the 1st Floor.
  • Go to the Interview Center on the 3rd Floor of the Student Success Center.
    • Be sure that you have copies of your students’ résumés.
  • Check in at the Front Desk.
    • Your interview schedules for the day will be at the front desk for candidates to check in. If you created your own schedule and did not email it to our office before your recruiting date, then you will need to provide the schedule to the front desk for candidate check-in.
  • Our staff will escort you to your designated interview room(s).

8:30 AM

  • 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 him/her to the interview room.

12:00 PM

  • Lunch break. (Dining options are provided below)

1:00 PM

  • Afternoon interviews begin.

4:15 - 5:00 PM

  • Team recap of interviews for the day at JMU.

5:00 PM

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

Additional Points to Consider  
  • Dates are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 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. To plan your visit, see pertinent dates below.
  • The Student No Show/Late Cancellation Policy will not apply to Room Only schedules, as employer-candidate correspondence is managed outside of the Recruit-A-Duke system and cannot be tracked and verified by our office justly in the event of a missed interview.

Recruiting Dates
  • Recruiting begins in September in the Fall and February in the Spring.
  • There will be no recruiting on the following dates:
    • Fall Career & Internship Fair (September/October)
    • Assessment Day (February)
    • Spring Career & Internship Fair (February)
    • Teacher Recruitment Day (March)
    • Spring Break (March)
  • Inclement Weather policy:
    • When the university is closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances related to student and staff safety, on-campus interviews and programs with visiting employers will be cancelled. 
    • If there is a delayed opening, then interviews will begin at the time the university is open. 
    • For those interviews that are cancelled, every effort will be made to establish alternative arrangements working with both employers and students.
    • University Closings and Delayed Openings Information can be obtained by calling 540-433-5300 or by visiting www.jmu.edu for an update.

Interviewing Schedules
  • You may schedule your visit to accommodate as many students as you wish to interview.
  • Space is allocated based on the number of "schedules" (interview rooms) you require.
  • One schedule generally progresses from 8:30am to 4:15pm, allowing for twelve 30-minute interviews.
  • Morning, lunch and afternoon breaks are included.
  • If you prefer longer interview scheduling is available for 45 minute or 1 hour interview slots.
  • Please be aware that our recruiting facility closes daily at 5pm, so we ask that you conclude your interviews prior to 5pm.

Software Used for Recruiting
  • Employers use the NACElink Network powered by Symplicity for position postings and interview signups.
  • Using the site, students can view your company and position information, submit resumes to positions they are interested in, and later sign up for interviews.
  • Using the site, employers can post job announcements, select students to interview, print resumes, and view/print interview schedules.

Tips for Success
  • Promoting your Company
    • If you're hosting an information session before the interviews, make it dynamic and interesting. Ask recent grads in your organization for their participation, feedback, and input.
    • Consider having a general information session before the pre-select deadlines to help them decide if they want to interview.
  • Communication
    • Email the students you've selected to interview and make personal contact with students whenever possible.
    • Follow up promptly with students, throughout the hiring process.
    • Communicate with the students who do not make it through the interview stage, so that they know their status and can improve in the future.
    • Finally, please stay in touch with the students you have interviewed at JMU and with us. We value our 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 2nd 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
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Hotels & Lodging

Making Adjustments to Your Visit
  • If you need to change a date or the number of schedules originally planned, please contact us at recruitaduke@jmu.edu.

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