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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 handshake@jmu.edu 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.

Virtual Interviews

Want to interview our students but can’t make it to campus? By holding virtual interviews, you can continue to use our services and interview our students.

Just as if you were holding on-campus interviews, you can collect applicants and manage interview sign ups using Handshake’s Preselect to Alternate model. However, once sign ups close, you can then set up and invite students to virtual interviews using an online video communications software, such as Zoom. Should you decide to create your schedule outside of Handshake, please email your finalized virtual schedule to our Employer Services Team at handshake@jmu.edu 

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.

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.

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.


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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