Info for Interviewing Companies

January 18 - 21, 2019 | Kalamazoo, Michigan

Register Now

FAQs & Information for Interviewing Companies at Student Summit 2019

 Thank you for participating in this year’s TAPPI-PIMA Student Summit!

Accommodations: We have a special rate at our host hotel, Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Click here for more information and to book your room.

2019 Student Summit Event App:

Search “CrowdCompass AttendeeHub” on your device’s app store. Download the app for information on speakers, programming, surveys, and more. Your app login information is the email you registered with; you will receive a confirmation email to login.

Note: If you were registered by a company representative and/or did not receive a confirmation email, please contact Kristin Whitman (kwhitman@tappi.org) or see us onsite at registration to gain access.

Interview Area schedule (Kalamazoo Room on the Lower Level):

Friday, January 18: 12:00pm - 1:00pm – set up only!
Friday, January 18: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, January 19: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, January 20: 8:00am - 7:00pm

On Monday, January 21, no interviews will take place, as students will be on a mill tour.
Upon checking in at the Registration Desk in the Lower Level Foyer, you will have one assigned booth or more, according to your interview sponsorship. You can begin to set up your booth as early as 12:00pm on Friday, January 18 and you can begin conducting interviews as early as 1:00pm.
Each interview company has one private booth with three chairs, surrounded by pipe and drape for privacy. Additional booths are available at $500 each. Your sponsorship includes two company representatives. To register additional company representatives ($150pp) or additional booth space, please contact Lisa Lockwood (llockwood@tappi.org)
You are free to pre-schedule interviews at ANY time in the Interview Area during scheduled hours. Interviews run simultaneous with the student sessions, so that students can interview at the scheduled times you agree upon and still participate in the program when they are free.

Networking & Career Fair Area schedule (Great Lakes on the Lower Level): 

Friday, January 18:


Saturday, January 19: (open all day)


Sunday, January 20: (open all day)

Each interview company has a single tabletop in this area for company displays and information.  This can be set up as early as Friday at noon. Will open Saturday all day (8:00am), through Sunday 7:00pm.  All tabletops need to be broken down by 8:00pm on Sunday. The program begins at 1:00pm Saturday, so you will not have much traffic before then. Most breaks and Sunday breakfast will also be served in this area to allow for additional networking.

Everyone is invited to attend the Networking and Career Fair. This is an interactive event, a chance for you to meet students face-to-face and schedule additional interviews onsite. Please be prepared for students to present their resumes and request interviews if they do not have one scheduled with you already, as this is completely anticipated.

Student conference schedule:

Please see the supplemental conference schedule for more details.

On Monday, January 21, no interviews will take place, as students will be on a mill tour.

Common FAQs

How many students will attend the event total?

This year, we expect about 170-190. Total attendance will be about 230-250 including advisors and company representatives.

How many people can I send from my company?

The Interview and Career Fair sponsorship includes two complimentary exhibitor registrations. If you send more than two representatives, each additional company representative can attend for $150 per person.

How many interview booths do we get?

Each company receives one complete interview booth (10x10) included in the Interview & Career Fair Package. This includes one table and three chairs for the company representatives and the interviewee. Additional interview booths can be purchased for $500 each and are sold on a first come, first served basis, based on availability. Please contact Lisa Lockwood (llockwood@tappi.org) prior to the event if you'd like to purchase additional interview booths so that we can accommodate your needs. See TAPPI Registration for purchasing additional booths onsite.

Where are the interviews going to be held?

The interviews will be held in the Kalamazoo Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

How will the interview process work on site?

Students will be briefed on where the interviews are being held and what the procedure is. When students arrive at your prescheduled interview time, they will wait in a small reception area away from your booth(s). When your company representatives are ready for them, you will retrieve them from the reception area and show them to your assigned booth. Students are not allowed to wander freely in the Kalamazoo Room prior to their interview. They will only arrive prior to their interview time and should vacate the area once their interview is over.

Where can I get the resumes of students attending Student Summit?

Once you have committed to interviewing students at the event as an Interview and Career Fair sponsor, you will be sent a username and password to view the resumes online. It is your responsibility to contact students and schedule interviews ahead of time to take place during the Summit. If you have not received login credentials, please contact Hayley King (hking@tappi.org).

Can our company representatives attend sessions?

Sponsoring company representatives may attend any of the sessions during Student Summit, with the exception of the mill tour on Monday, January 21. If any of your company attendees would like to participate as a roundtable moderator or panelist, please contact Lisa Lockwood (llockwood@tappi.org).

Tabletop FAQs

How many tabletops does my company get in the Networking and Career Fair area?

Each company receives one tabletop (one 8ft table) in the Great Lakes room. There will be space for company handouts, pullups, or tabletop display. The Networking & Career Fair will be held in this area. It is ideal that companies bring enough items for your table and any handouts to give away.

Where can I ship my display items?

Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites
100 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
S/R: Please hold for _______
Vendor's Company:
Vendor's First and Last Name:
Box # 1 of how many

Items received before Tuesday, January 15 will be charged a $50/day storage fee by the Radisson.

Onsite contact information

Shannon Van Duren
svanduren@tappi.org
Or see TAPPI Registration on the Lower Level.

Conference call for interviewing company representatives:

Please join us for a quick conversation to review the schedule, expectations, and answer any questions you may have before you head to Kalamazoo!

Tuesday, January 8th at 2pm

Call-in Number: 1-303-248-0285

Access Code: 2097260