Guide to the On-Site Visit
What is it?
Whether it’s called Final Rounds, Plant Trip, or Super Saturday, this is your last interview. It’s typically a full day, and it’s a great opportunity for you and the employer determine if there is chemistry between the two of you, and if you jive with the office culture.
How Should I Prepare?
- You should learn as much about your (potential) future employer as possible, so read press, news articles, the company’s annual report, and relevant industry publications. If you can, speak with alumni who work there to learn more about the company culture.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for the interview schedule in advance so you can thoroughly research with whom you will be interviewing.
Arranging the Trip
- Some employers will schedule all the arrangements for your visit, including paying for your transportation and hotel room (it’s acceptable to ask up-front how payment will be handled). If personal funds are low, talk with your contact to determine how he or she can assist.
The Night Before
- Many employers will arrange to meet you for dinner. While the degree of informality may vary, make sure to maintain professionalism as you are being interviewed in this setting, too.
- Steam or iron your interview outfit.
- Set an alarm. Schedule a morning wake up call.
The Day Of
- Groom in advance
- Many employers will schedule three to five, hour-long interviews with various levels of management in a one-on-one and/or team setting. Sometimes, site visits are scheduled with a number of candidates visiting simultaneously—anywhere from four to twelve, giving you a chance to evaluate your competition.
- Some employers may prefer to take the non-directed approach to interviewing, where you are expected to ask the questions and make observations. Not sure what to ask? We have a list of potential questions.
- Check out our negotiating offers page for detailed information about handling questions related to salary.
The following are the five basic types of tests you may encounter throughout the interview process:
- Intelligence/Mental Ability Tests: designed to assess your critical thinking skills, including problem solving, mathematical aptitude, and memory. They are typically structured in a format similar to the SAT and ACT.
- Work Simulation Tests: These provide you with sample work scenarios that you must work through to a satisfactory result.
- Specific Skills Tests: For many highly specialized professions, employers will test your skills in specific areas (e.g., engineering and computer science); these tests are often tied into certification.
- Personality Tests: occasionally used to try to predict employee success.
- Honesty Tests: These are usually reserved for jobs in high security areas or where there will be access to trade secrets, merchandise, or cash.
After the Visit
- Send a personalized thank you note to each person you met with that day, including the person who scheduled your interview.
- Many employers will get back to you within two weeks of the visit with an offer or a rejection. Some offer jobs on the spot while others take up to a month to respond.