Once you’ve finished examining the differences between on-site interviews and campus interviews, make sure you’ve read Mastering the On-Site Interview: A Guide to Company Visits, as well as all of our job interviewing resources.
|Campus Interviews:||On-Site Interviews:|
|Purpose:||Purely a screening mechanism that allows the company to discover the job-seekers with the most potential — and identify who will be offered an on-site interview.||Allows both the employer and job-seeker to further assess each other and look for fit. Ideally results in job offer.|
|Job-Seeker’s Objective:||To have the preparation, presence, and delivery to make the cut — and get invited for a company visit.||To get the job offer by demonstrating that you are the most qualified, have the most potential, and have the best fit with the organization — and to gather enough information about the company to help you decide whether to accept or reject the offer.|
|Company’s Objective:||Looking for rapport, confidence, qualifications, and any other basic information that will allow them to reduce the number of potential applicants to a select few.||Looking for the best candidate for the job, which may include both current potential as well a long-range promotability within the organization.|
|Interviewers:||Many times the recruiter is a fairly recent hire who is asked to go back to campuses and recruit. Other times, it is someone from the Human Resources department. And occasionally, it is a manager from the department with the opening(s).||Numerous people, ranging from your potential new boss, to higher managers and executives, to co-workers both inside and outside the department, to Human Resources specialists.|
|Interview Length:||Depends on the setting. Anywhere from 10 minutes to a half-hour.||The length of these interviews is not as important as the number of interviews — both formal and informal.|
|Critical Issue for Job-Seeker:||Establishing rapport.||Demonstrating potential impact.|
|Job-Seeker Attire:||Standard business attire. See our article, When Job-Hunting, Dress for Success.||Standard business attire. See our article, When Job-Hunting, Dress for Success.|
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