On-Campus Interview Policies

To participate in on-campus interview services offered by the Center for Career Education and Community Engagement (CECE), you must read and acknowledge the terms outlined below. Students should recognize that they can both positively and negatively influence current and future positions for themselves and fellow applicants, as well as the reputation of California State University, Bakersfield. If you have any questions, please contact the CECE Office.

On-Campus Interview Program

The On-Campus Interview Program (OCI) is an opportunity primarily for juniors and seniors to interview for paid internships and full-time positions with high quality companies. Interviews take place on campus in the Center for Career Education and Community Engagement, (CAF 54). For more information, please call the CECE at (661)654-3033 or email career@csub.edu.

Participation in CSUB’s Handshake Database and On-Campus Interview Program

In order to participate in CECE's Handshake database and on-campus interview program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled at CSUB
  • Provide accurate and honest information about your education, experience and qualifications for full-time positions and/or internships for which you apply.
  • Attend all scheduled interviews unless you have notified the CECE of the need to cancel the interview prior to the scheduled appointment (see section on Late Cancellations)

When are the interviews and when should I arrive?

All OCI’s are held in the CECE Office (next to the Runner Café). Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. Bring several copies of your resume and any other necessary materials to the interview.

Late Cancellations

If you need to cancel your interview, you must notify CECE and the scheduling employer at least 48 hours in advance so that alternates may be contacted. Call (661) 654-3033 or email: career@csub.edu. Additionally, please remove your name from the online interview schedule found in Handshake to allow for alternate placing.

  • If you do not show up for a scheduled interview and did not contact CECE in advance, you are considered a "no-show" and access to your Handshake account will be suspended until you submit a letter of explanation to both the interviewer and Jill Lackey, Employer Relations Coordinator. You will need to contact Jill Lackey via email at jlackey4@csub.edu or call (661)654-3033 to obtain the name and contact information for the interviewer.
  • If you miss more than one scheduled interview, you will lose all access to Handshake, as well as the On-Campus Interview Program until you have met with a career counselor and have subsequently had your account reactivated.
  • If we have not heard from you within 48 hours of your missed interview, we will notify you via email that you have been made ineligible for any additional activity in the interviewing program until you have contacted our office and submitted your letter of explanation.

Accepting a Job

When you accept a job offer, it is important to inform the CECE of your decision because it affects your participation in the On-Campus Interview Program. Consequently, you should keep the following principles in mind:

  • Accept an offer for full-time position or internship in good faith, with the full intention of honoring your commitment.
  • Contact employers directly with any questions or concerns regarding your offer, including the need for more time to make your decision.
  • Candidates may accept an offer prior to an offer deadline. Employers may extend offers with deadlines beyond the aforementioned time frames.
  • When you accept a job offer, you have the professional and ethical obligation to withdraw from all other interviews immediately upon accepting a position offer.
  • Notify potential employers and the CECE Office (if you still have outstanding offers) within one business day of your acceptance.
  • Reneging, or declining an offer that you have already accepted, can have serious consequences for you as a professional, and reflects negatively on CSUB and its ethical principles.

Declining an Offer

If you find yourself needing to decline the offer, do so with poise and professionalism.

  • Contact the employer formally by phone then follow up by email, indicating your appreciation for the offer and the opportunity to interview. State that you are declining their offer.

  • Decline offers as soon as you are no longer interested in them or immediately after accepting an offer from another organization.