Interview cycles and methods

Three ways to interview your candidates

In order to allow employers and students some flexibility, there are three ways that you can interview Waterloo students:

  1. Individual in-person interviews:
    1. Find out about each student on a more personal level. You have the opportunity to ask questions and clarify qualifications of the candidates. You can determine more effectively which student may be right for you.
    2. These occur at the Tatham Centre on Waterloo's campus (check out the Recruiting dates page for the dates and time we host interviews).
  2. Group interviews:
    1. Save time by explaining job details such as duties, responsibilities, location, salary, and other organizational information to all interviewees in one sitting.
    2. These occur at the Tatham Centre on Waterloo's campus (check out the Recruiting dates page for the dates and time we host interviews)
  3. Remote interviews via telephone or Skype for Business: 
    1. If conducting in-person interviews on-site at our facility is a challenge to you, we give employers the possibility of conducting interviews over telephone and/or Skype for Business.
    2. The telephone and Skype interview services are available to conduct interviews between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. To use our webcam/Skype for Business services, you will need a webcam along with Skype for Business or a Windows Live Messenger account.
    3. When you provide your job description using our job registration form, you can let us know of your desired interview type (telephone or webcam) and your preferred interview date, so that we can reserve the equipment at this end on your preferred interview date.

Our interview cycles

First interview cycle (co-op)

The first interview cycle is the earliest in the term and takes about six weeks to complete. Why six weeks? This allows employers equal access to all students, every term. Visit our recruiting dates page to see the job posting deadline for the first interview cycle.

Continuous interview cycles (co-op)

The continuous interview cycle happens after the first interview cycle. You can post a job, interview and hire a student much more quickly in this round (even within a week). Visit our recruiting dates page to see the job posting deadline for the continuous interview cycle.

Late hiring

If you decide to hire a student after the beginning of the work term, it may not be too late.

  • We might have students available up to one month into a work term.