On-Campus Recruiting

It is a convenient opportunity for students to interview on-campus in the Career Center's interview rooms.

Our OCR program attracts companies from a variety of industries looking to hire for several entry level positions.

Eligibility

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at USC are eligible to participate in OCR.

When does OCR take place?

The 2014-2015 OCR season for on-campus interviews is as follows:

  • September 15 - November 19, 2014
  • January 14 - April 17, 2015
NOTE: Company Information Sessions and other recruiting-related events may take place earlier in the semester. Please check the Career Center calendar for details.

Who Recruits through OCR

Top companies within business, technology, fashion/retail, consumer products & nonprofit recruit through OCR. Please note, many full-time OCR opportunities in accounting, management consulting, & investment banking take place during Fall semester.

Getting Started

Registering

  1. Create a connectSC profile through the Career Center website
  2. Submit an OCR Contract online
  3. Upload your resume into your connectSC account. To upload your resume, select "Documents". You can also upload other employment-related documents such as cover letters, unofficial transcripts, and supplemental information in this section.

    Make sure that your profile is up-to-date and accurate. Falsifying information may result in account suspension.

  4. If you need help with your resume or cover letter, you can visit the Career Center (STU 110), where our Career Counselors will be happy to help you during walk-in hours.

You can upload up to 50 documents. If have more than one document, be to select an appropriate "Default".

Applying

  1. Search for interview schedules by selecting "Jobs and Internships" -> "connectSC Jobs and Internships" in your connectSC account. You can search in two ways. Under "Show Me" you may select:
    1. "Interviews/Qualify For": This search will only display schedules that you are to apply for. Make sure to check this often as new schedules will become available throughout the semester.
    2. "All Interviews": This search will display all schedules, both qualifying and non-qualifying. Therefore, you may or may be able to apply to all the schedules listed from this search result.
    NOTE: Your qualifications are based on four key criteria: degree, major, graduation date, and work authorization. This sets the criteria and all candidates must meet the criteria to apply. Falsifying information will result in account.
  2. View the details of an interview schedule by clicking on the job title in the search results page. You will be able to see the descriptions and requirements for this specific schedule as well as its timeline.
  3. Submit your resume to be considered for an interview by clicking the "Apply" button on the schedule page. The system will ask you to select the resume you wish to submit. You may be required to submit other such as cover letter, unofficial transcript, and/or supplemental information.
  4. Make sure you read the "How to Apply" section on the job description page carefully as some employers may require you also apply through their web site.

Interviewing

"Interviews" is a great tool on connectSC to help keep track of interview schedules you have to. You can also sign up, change, or your interview from there.
  1. If you have been chosen as a Preselect or Alternate, you will need to sign up for an interview time slot on the schedule. To up:
    1. Select the "Interviews" tab.
    2. under "Requested Interviews" select "Schedule Interview".
    3. You will then see all the available interview times, select the one that best your availability then click "Submit".
    4. Your interview information will now appear under the "Scheduled" section of the page.
  2. Prepare for your interview ahead of time by learning more about the company and brushing up on your interviewing skills.
    1. Attending an information session is a great way to learn more about the companies you have to and meet some of their key employees.
    2. Participate in a mock interview with a Career Advisor to fine-tune your interviewing skills. Log-in to to request an appointment.
  3. Attend your interview and arrive at least 10 minutes early in professional attire.
    NOTE: If you need to cancel your interview, you must do so at least three business days prior to the interview date to avoid a "No-Show Status" and risk being ineligible to participate in OCR for the semester. To cancel a scheduled interview, call our office at (213) 740-9105 or cancel it online through your connectSC account during the schedule's interview sign-up period.
  4. Write a thank-you letter after each interview

Reviewing an Offer

Check your connectSC calendar on a daily basis so you don't miss an interview. If you miss an interview, you will need to pick up "No-Show" packet and lose OCR access the remainder of the semester.

Congratulations for reaching this point in the hiring process!

If you are wondering how to evaluate an offer letter, talk to one of our Career Counselors during Walk-In hours (Monday through Friday, 11:30 - 3:30 pm) or read our guide to evaluating an offer at http://careers.usc.edu/docs/handouts/Evaluating_an_Offer.pdf.

NOTE: If you have accepted a position, please remove yourself from all interviews for which you have previously signed-up. If you fail to remove your name the interview schedules, you are still subject to the Cancellation/No-Show policy.

Please note, engineering On-Campus Recruiting is facilitated through the Viterbi Career Services Office. Please visit their website for more information on Viterbi connectSC and OCR.

Questions?

Where are OCR interviews conducted?
Interviews are conducted at various locations. Check the schedule posting to find the exact location of your interview.
  • Career Center, Student Union Building (STU) Lower Level Room B1.
  • Viterbi School of Engineering Career Services, Ronald Tutor Hall(RTH) Room 218.
What are the different types of interview schedules?
There are two types which determine how you can sign up for an interview.
  • Preselect: Employers will choose qualified candidates for interviews based upon submitted resumes. If you are preselected, you can sign up for an interview slot during the Preselect Sign-up period.
  • Resume Collection: Online resume collection. Companies will not interview on campus. If they are interested, they will contact you directly for an in-house or phone interview.
    NOTE: Once you have signed up for a time slot, you are committed to the interview or you will be subject to the Cancellation or No-Show Policy.
What are "Schedule Timeline Changes"?
These dates determine when you can apply and sign-up for an interview. You should be aware of the following trigger dates for each job posting: Resume Submission, Preselect Sign-ups, Alternate Sign-ups, and Sign-up Deadlines.
NOTE: Preselects and Alternates have different sign-up dates.
What is the Cancellation & No-Show Policy?
These are rules you agreed to when you submitted the OCR contract. There are specific timelines for cancelling an interview and if you don't meet them you will be suspended from the OCR program for the semester. You will also lose your OCR privileges for the semester if you do not show up for an interview.
NOTE: View the OCR contract here: http://careers.usc.edu/students/on-campus-recruiting/ocr-contract/.
Can I change my profile to meet the requirements of a schedule?
No. If you change your profile in order to meet the minimum requirements to submit a resume, you will lose your OCR access for the semester.
NOTE: View the OCR contract here: http://careers.usc.edu/students/on-campus-recruiting/ocr-contract/.
What are Information Sessions and where do I find them?
During the academic semesters, we invite employers to conduct company presentations. We strongly recommend that you attend these information sessions to learn about different industries and organizations, as well as meet some of their key employees.
You can view upcoming information sessions on our website or the "Events" menu of your connectSC account.
How do I get additional help?
If you have any questions about OCR events, you can visit us at the Interview Center in Student Union, room B-1

You can also call our Employer Relations office at (213) 740-9105 for further assistance.