Interviewing Logistics

ISU’s College of Engineering has active relationships with many recruiters that conduct over 4,500 on-campus interviews each year.  On the day after the Engineering Career Fair alone, over 1,000 interviews are held.  Our fall semester recruiting season runs from mid-September to the first week of December.  During the spring semester, on-campus interviewing runs from the first week of February to the first week of May.

Interviewing On Campus

Interviews are held in the meeting rooms on the third floor of Marston Hall except on the day directly following a career fair.  On the day after a career fair, a large interviewing event is held and the location varies.  Be sure to double-check the exact location of your interview in your CyHire account or with the company with which you are interviewing. Typical on-campus interviews are usually 20 to 30 minutes in length and usually follow this format:

  1. Show up ten minutes early and wait in the interview waiting area.  This will be the designated area in the hallway when interviewing is being conducted in Marston Hall.  Relax and wait for the recruiter to call for you when he or she is ready for you.
  2. When the interviewer is ready, they will greet you and you will introduce yourself.
  3. The interviewer will present a short introduction that usually involves some background information on the interviewer, the company, and the position they are working to fill.  You should take a few notes during this time.
  4. The interviewer will then ask questions based on your resume, your interest, and/or how you have handled certain situations in the past.  He or she is looking to hear specific examples of behaviors from past experiences that indicate that you successfully applied a skill and/or indicates knowledge about a topic.
  5. After the interviewer has finished asking questions, you will be given a chance to ask a few questions.
  6. The interviewer will close with parting comments.  You will thank the interviewer for his or her time and ask about the next step if this has not already been addressed.

Cancellation Policy

Students are required to provide 48-hour or more notice to Engineering Career Services if they need to cancel an interview.  If a late cancellation is unavoidable, the student should inform their college career services office as soon as possible and follow the ‘late notice/no show procedure’ explaining why the interview was missed.  By maintaining a positive relationship with the employer, the student may be able to reschedule the interview.  The decision to reschedule will be at the discretion of the employer. Download Cancellation and late Notice/No Show Policy (pdf).


The Employment Process Menu


Step 1: Understanding Employers and the College Recruiting Process

    -Maintain a Positive Attitude

Step 2: Determine Career Goals and Skillset

Step 3: Identify Preliminary Target Employers and Industries

Step 4: Develop Effective Marketing Materials

Step 5: Search for Specific Employment and Research Target Companies