Interview Day FAQ
What is Interview Day?
Interview Day enables employers to conduct formal interviews with pre-selected student applicants.
Employers are responsible for posting their position/s to ArtWorks (the job and internship board managed by the Career Center) in advance, reviewing student applications, selecting applicants, creating their own interview schedules, and coordinating with selected candidates.
What can I expect at the event?
Interviews will be held in semi-private spaces that include a 6 foot table and four chairs. A sign with your company name will be used to designate your space.
RISD Career Center staff will be on hand to support the event throughout the day. Students who arrive for interviews will check in with staff and a staff member will notify you that your appointment has arrived.
What is the schedule for Interview Day?
Reviewers are welcome to arrive any time after 8:30 am.
When you arrive, stop at the Employer Check-in table and a staff member will
direct you to your interview space.
Coffee, tea and muffins and fruit will be provided as well as lunch at 12 noon.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Interviews may be held any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Who should attend?
Designers, creative directors, principals, human resource professionals, and talent acquisition staff/recruiters who would like to interview RISD students for open positions are welcome to attend.
We encourage companies to have 1 or 2 staff in attendance and to consider sending RISD alumni to conduct student interviews when possible. Alumni can be strong advocates for your company and can heighten student interest in working with you.
Who books the interviews?
Companies are responsible for posting their position/s to ArtWorks in advance, reviewing student applications, creating their own interview schedules, and coordinating with selected candidates.
Follow these steps:
Post your open opportunities in ArtWorks* ASAP. Students will apply to these position/s for consideration and a chance to be selected by you for an interview on Interview Day. (*ArtWorks is the job and internship board managed by the RISD Career Center.)
Indicate an application deadline of 2/12/2020 in your postings to allow sufficient time to evaluate candidates.
Evaluate your applicants during the month of January and decide who you want to interview.
Notify your pre-selected applicants on or before February 20th and schedule an appointment for them to meet with you on Interview Day.
The Career Center will regularly update students about companies that are participating on Interview Day and encourage them to apply for your consideration.
The Career Center staff is also happy to answer any questions you have about posting to ArtWorks and how to manage your applicants.
Attend the Portfolio Review and Invite Selected Students for Interviews
Some employers attend the Portfolio Review and meet with as many students as possible and use this method for pre-screening applicants they want to follow-up with on Interview Day.
Based on the portfolio review, employers will invite students to interview the next day and sign them up on the spot for interview appointments, or contact them later in the day via email or phone to schedule interviews.
If you choose this option, the Career Center still encourages you to post your open internships or jobs in ArtWorks as this will attract student interest signing up for portfolio reviews with you.
Preview Student Work at RISD Portfolios and Reach Out Directly
RISD Portfolios is a searchable online gallery of student, alumni, faculty and staff work. You can filter searches by RISD major and creative field. You can search RISD Portfolios and reach out directly to students that have portfolios that are a good match for your hiring needs and invite them to interview with you at the Interview Day.
What should I bring?
Business cards to share with students.
Collateral materials: brochures, post cards, etc. to offer to students.
How much does it cost?
The Interview Day flat fee is $50.