We hold many interviews in our E17 office through our On-Campus Recruiting program (OCR). Our aim is make it easier for students and employers to connect, and to help you have the best interviewing experience. In addition to interview rooms, we have changing rooms and lockers to secure your belongings. We also have an interview space that students can reserve for phone or video-streaming interviews.
OCR primarily takes place between September and April, with some specific recruiting dates listed on our Recruiting Calendar for Employers. Companies post jobs and internships in CareerBridge, where you can apply for them and set up interview times.
It's important to know what's expected of you and how we can help you through the interview process by reviewing the Students' Recruiting Rights and Responsibilities below. We've also compiled answers to the most common questions we get asked about recruiting.
Reach out to members of our Employer Relations team or a career advisor if you have any concerns about the process. If you have questions about MIT’s recruiting policies or how to handle a difficult situation with an employer, you can email us, come by during drop-in hours, or schedule an appointment on CareerBridge.
Top Questions about On-Campus Recruiting (OCR)
What is CareerBridge?
CareerBridge is MIT's online career management system for students, alumni, postdocs and employers seeking to recruit at MIT. You can share your resume with employers conducting searches in the system, apply for internships and jobs, get information on scheduling interviews with employers (on or off campus), and create job search agents to have opportunities emailed directly to you. Jobs and internships with on-campus interviews will be marked. You can use advanced search to find positions that include interview schedules.
Deadlines to apply to jobs vary, and can be as much as three weeks in advance of an interview date. All submissions must be made via CareerBridge unless instructed otherwise in the job posting.
Refer to the Student FAQ located in the Resource Library on your CareerBridge homepage if you have any questions about CareerBridge. Contact us if there are errors in your profile that you're unable to edit.
What if a company scheduled to recruit on campus is not listed on CareerBridge?
CareerBridge job-listing information can only be posted by the company. We make every attempt to remind companies to add their information into the CareerBridge system promptly. Feel free to contact us with concerns.
How will I know what materials the employer wants me to submit?
All employers will require a resume, and some will also request an unofficial transcript or cover letter. Each employer will specify the required materials in the job listing. If a company asks for supplemental information, they should also note if they want a list of your grades, SAT scores, or a writing sample. If they do not specify, you should contact the company and ask. You can maintain a record of your supplemental information in CareerBridge.
Where are the interviews?
Interviews are generally conducted in the GECD recruiting area located on the second floor of E17. When you arrive, sign in and wait for the employer to greet you. Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and 6A interviews are held in a separate location. Always check the location box on the job posting. If you are still unsure, contact us or your department.
How do I cancel my interview?
Please refer to the Cancellations and No Show policies.
In addition to the rights and responsibilities for students below, it can be helpful to know the recruiting policies and procedures for employers as well.
We urge employers to grant students enough time to make prudent, thoughtful career choices, and we've developed specific recruiting offer timelines for internship and job offers. Employers who are unable to follow MIT's recruiting policies and procedures or at minimum provide some flexibility to students in need of more time could result in sanctions against the employer and possible suspension from further campus recruiting. Students should be aware that they are not guaranteed to get the exact deadlines MIT requests of employers and may need to negotiate a shorter timeframe that will be mutually beneficial for the student and employer.
*Please note that the offer deadlines listed on the recruiting policies and procedures site applies to jobs found through GECD's on-campus recruiting, career fairs or other recruiting events at MIT. Job offers received through other formal recruiting programs on campus, such as the Sloan Career Development Office, external recruiting programs or through employers not participating in recruiting activities at MIT may have different deadlines. Should an offer deadline provided be less than the dates requested in the recruiting policies and procedures GECD will do its best to advocate on the behalf of MIT students.
Negotiating for More Time
If students need more time than an employer initially provides to decide on a job or internship offer, it is important for the student to reach out to the employer as soon as possible and provide the reasoning for needing more time. Students should not request more time if they are not sincerely interested in the company as it unfair to the company and to other students interested in the position. Employers typically are able to provide some additional time within reason based on their recruiting cycle and when the request for more time was requested. Informing employers of the suggested timelines in the MIT Recruiting Policies and Procedures can be helpful in getting additional time to make a decision. Please refer to the Student FAQ for additional guidance on how to negotiate for more time on job or internship offers. Also, feel free to consult with GECD staff members during drop-ins or appointments if you need additional assistance.
Use of Social Networking Sites in Selection of Candidates
Employers should not require or request that job candidates provide password/login information to their personal social network accounts as a condition of employment or as a condition of consideration for employment, as this practice violates ethical standards.
Campus interviewing is a privilege that carries certain expectations for student conduct. To clarify the standards, we've adopted policies to serve both students and employers. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 617-715-5329, stop by for a drop-in, or arrange an appointment with a staff member.
Invitations to interview with employers should be responded to as soon as possible, preferrably within 24 hours. Please select to accept or decline the interview as soon as possible so that employers may seek other candidates.
Interview times may be changed or cancelled up to 48 hours before the scheduled interview directly in CareerBridge. If necessary, email us or call us at 617-715-5329 for assistance. Cancellations within 48 hours for reasons other than illness or an emergency are not acceptable and will jeopardize your recruiting privileges and it may be considered a no show.
Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes early to check-in for your interview. Schedules are typically very full and late students may lose the opportunity to be interviewed.
Failure to appear for scheduled interviews prevents other students from using a time slot and wastes the recruiter's time. Such behaviors reflect poorly on your professionalism and could jeopardize MIT's relationship with the employer and ultimately cause employers to suspend recruiting at MIT.
If you miss an interview for any unexplained reason or cancel or reschedule an interview within 48 hours of your appointment, you will be required to submit a letter of apology to the recruiter explaining your reason for missing the interview. A copy must be sent to the employer relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org within two business days after the missed interview. Otherwise your interviewing privileges will be suspended.
If you incur a second unexplained no show, your recruiting privileges will be suspended immediately. You will be required to submit a letter of apology to the recruiter and justify missing the interview to the satisfaction of the employer relations team before your privileges will be reinstated. A third no show will result in termination of your interviewing privileges for the rest of your tenure at MIT.
Ethics of Negotiating
MIT assumes that you will negotiate in good faith with employers. This means you should only negotiate with an employer whose offer you are sincerely considering.
Accepting an Offer
Once you have accepted a job offer, you should terminate all other job search activity. Failure to do so could deprive another student of those opportunities. Notify all other employers that you are no longer available for employment, and cancel all pending interviews. Update your CareerBridge account to reflect that you are no longer actively looking for jobs.
Declining an Offer
If you are declining an offer, you should inform the recruiter verbally as soon as your decision has been made and follow your conversation with a well written thank-you letter.
Reneging on Offers
Accepting an offer is a commitment to the employer. Reneging on an offer could be seen as an ethical and possibly legal violation of that commitment. If you are not ready to make that commitment, do not accept the job offer. GECD considers reneging a serious ethical breach, except under dire circumstances. Reneging may result in the forfeiture of your right to participate in any additional campus recruiting. Before making a decision to renege on an offer, meet with a Career Services staff member to weigh your options and determine the best course of action.
Unprofessional Business Correspondence
All communication with employers should be courteous and professional. Poorly worded apologies, for example, may have unintended consequences. You are a member of the MIT community and your actions could jeopardize MIT’s relationship with the employer.
Missing Class for Interviewing
We do not advocate or condone the use of class time for anything other than class. Please schedule your interviews so that you are able to miss little to no class time. In cases where this is not possible, talk to your professor about your schedule and ways to make up for any potential loss.