Instructions for attending co-op interviews

Instructions for attending various types of co-op interviews 

Type of Interview Instructions
In-person INDIVIDUAL interview at the Tatham Centre

*Continuing in fall 2023: in-person interviews in the Tatham Centre.

As part of a pilot that began in spring 2023, some employers may choose to conduct in-person interviews in the Tatham Centre during the fall 2023 term.

Here's what you need to know about in-person interviews for fall 2023:

  • In-person interviews will be taking place during cycles 1, 2 and 3.
    • Cycle 1: September 22, 25, 26, 27, 28
    • Cycle 2: October 20, 23, 24, 25, 26
    • Cycle 3: November 14, 15, 16
  • Interviews will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • You must attend all in-person interviews that you are scheduled for. If you are selected for an in-person interview that you are unable to attend because you are away from campus on the first four months of an eight-month work term, or are on exchange, our team will reach out with next steps.
  • If you have any conflicts that prevent you from attending your in-person interview, please follow Co-operative Education’s interview conflict process.
  • If you are a student with permanent, temporary or suspected disabilities, you may require accommodations throughout the interview process. Contact AccessAbility Services for support in determining what kinds of accommodations you might need.
  • If you have questions about your interviews, please reach out to your co-op advisor

Instructions for the day of your interview:

  • Arrive at least ten minutes before your scheduled interview time.
  • Change rooms are available on the lower level of the Tatham Centre.
  • Find a seat in the waiting area (main level).
  • Wait for your name to be paged then check in at the CEE Hub. 
    • Important: We need to know that you arrived for the interview! If you don’t check in when your name is paged, we won’t know that you've attended and will mark you down as a missed interview.
  • After checking in at the CEE Hub, proceed to the interview room.
  • Keep all of your personal belongings with you at all times to prevent theft.
In-person GROUP interview at the Tatham Centre
  • If you have a group interview, your name will not appear on the overhead monitors.
  • Go directly to the interview room five minutes before the group interview scheduled time.
  • Keep all of your personal belongings with you at all times to prevent theft.
Phone or webcam interview
  • Phone/webcam interviews typically take place on-campus at one of the Tatham Centre’s four call centres.
  • Check WaterlooWorks after 4:30 p.m. the day before your interview to confirm your interview time and location.
  • Your interview location will be in one of our four colour-coded call centres, listed in the following format: [Colour-coded call centre] — [Building] — [Room number].
    • GREEN — lower level
    • BLUE/RED/YELLOW — second level
  • On the day of your interview, go straight to your assigned call centre location to check in at least ten minutes before your interview time.
    • DO NOT wait in the main floor in-person waiting area – your name will NOT appear on the TV monitors if you have a phone/webcam interview.
  • When your interview is complete, check out with the call centre attendant before you leave.
  • Keep all of your personal belongings with you at all times to prevent theft.
"Message Only" interview (employers will contact you directly)
  • When you see a "Message Only" interview type on WaterlooWorks, this means that an employer has chosen to conduct their interviews outside of the typical WaterlooWorks interview process, which is perfectly okay! 
  • In this case, employers will contact students directly via email or phone to arrange an interview time, so keep an eye on your UWaterloo email address or any other addresses included with your application package.
Off-campus interviews
  • In most cases, employers will indicate on their job description if interviews will be conducted at their office/off-campus, so please be sure to read the interview location details carefully before applying and plan accordingly. 
  • In other cases, an employer might not publish this information until they select their candidates, so check your WaterlooWorks dashboard often as we expect you to attend all interviews regardless of the location. 
  • In some cases, last-minute circumstances might cause an employer to change the location of their interviews. In this situation:
    • Follow the instructions listed on WaterlooWorks to attend your off-campus interview.
    • If you have questions, use the "Send a Message" button on your WaterlooWorks dashboard and select "Interviews" to be directed to a representative.
If you are unable to attend an interview that was scheduled outside of WaterlooWorks:
  • If you are unable to attend an off-campus interview for a job posted in WaterlooWorks, follow our interview conflict process and submit an Interview Conflict Form as soon as possible. If the interview location was clearly stated in the job description, we’ll still expect you to attend; if not, we’ll work with you and the employer to make alternate arrangements.
  • In the case that you have a conflict with an interview that was posted and scheduled outside of WaterlooWorks, you are expected to connect with that employer directly to resolve your conflict.