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HANDSHAKE FAQS

RICElink: Powered by Handshake is Rice University's career management system where students can find and apply for jobs, RSVP to events, schedule career counseling appointments, and participate in on-campus interviewing. 

Here's some helpful information regarding Handshake Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I make an appointment with a career counselor?

Login to Handshake from the button on your left to make an appointment with a career counselor

Click on “Request Appointment”

Select your category and appointment type

Click on the calendar and choose a date to check for availability

How do I cancel a career counseling appointment?

Log in to Handshake from the button on your left

Click on Your Upcoming Appointments

Click on the blue text that lists the name of the Career Coach with whom you’ll be meeting

Click on the red “Cancel Appointment” button

Please email us at ccd@rice.edu if you need to cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment time.  

 

 How do I RSVP for events? 

To register, log in to Handshake and select your event from the list of upcoming programs. You can also view all upcoming events on our calendar, which is embedded in the homepage of our website. 

  

How do I interview on campus?

The Take advantage of all the companies coming on campus to interview you by exploring the On-Campus Recruiting schedules in Handshake

First, you’ll need to apply, following each organization’s deadline for resume submission. You’ll find all the information you need to know in RICElink: Powered by Handshake. Carefully review the instructions below and let us know if you have any questions! All interviews are in Huff House or the Fondren Library unless otherwise noted. Please note your interview location in Handshake before arrival.

                    Log in to RICElink: Powered by Handshake using the login box on your left.

                    Go to the "Profile" tab and make sure ALL of your information is correct.

                    Under the "Attend tab" on the left hand navigation bar, select "Interviews".

                    Use filters to narrow your search, or just browse through the companies listed.

                    Click on the company name when you are ready to apply, and submit your application by clicking "Apply" in the top right corner of your screen.

See an interview schedule listed as Room Only? That means the employer is scheduling interviews on their own, outside of the Handshake system. Employers often have Room Only schedules the day after the career expo with students they met there - another great reason to attend the expo, get your questions answered, and maybe even get an interview!

Want more info on signing up for interview slots in Handshake? Click here.

 

How do I check my application status for on campus interviewing positions?

In Handshake you will be able to keep track of the status of your application in the applications section. 

Click View Your Applications on the left navigation bar to stay up to date with your application status. 

Application Status Definitions:  

Pending: This application has not yet been reviewed.  

Primary: Chosen as a primary candidate on an interview schedule in Handshake.

Alternate: Chosen as an alternate candidate on an interview schedule in Handshake.  Please note that being selected as an alternate does not guarantee you an interview slot; there may be a few slots available or none at all based on the employer's interview schedule, the number of primaries they have selected, and if each primary accepts their interview slot.

Hired: Marked by the employer or career services center as hired for a job posting or interview schedule in Handshake.

Declined: Marked by the employer or career services center as declined for a job posting or interview schedule in Handshake.     

 

Still have questions? Visit the Handshake Support website here.