The office visit is usually the final stage of the interview process. A job offer for a full-time position is rarely made without a second interview, which is typically held onsite, but can also be on-campus. The purpose of this interview is for the employer and the student to become better acquainted with one another. Make sure that your cell phone is turned off the entire time you are with the employer – including events on the evening prior to the interview.
As with the first round interview, preparation is key to success at this stage of the interview process. Students need to collect more in-depth information about the organization and be prepared to answer more specific questions about their abilities as it relates to the position.
When an invitation is extended for an office visit, the company will typically cover travel expenses and may assist with travel arrangements – however, do not assume that this is the case. If you are uncertain about your travel arrangements, be sure to clarify with the employer prior to leaving for your interview.
The Evening Prior to the Interview
If you are meeting with a representative from the company the night prior to your interview, remember that this is part of the interview process. Dress professionally and conduct yourself in an appropriate manner at all times. Be sure that you know the time and location of the meeting and arrive a few minutes early. Everything that you say and do will factor in to the employer's final decision as to whether or not they extend an offer.
Questions You Should Be Asking
The following are additional suggestions of questions you should ask during the office visit.
Questions to Ask the HR Representative
Questions to Ask Your Prospective Supervisor
Questions to Ask Prospective Co-Workers