Employment Offers and Acceptance Guidelines
An employment offer represents a very important decision, both for the employer and for the potential employee. We suggest the following student-decision deadlines to allow the student to participate in on-campus recruiting and to make an informed decision that is in the best interest of both the student and the employer.
Full-Time or Internship Offers: It is common for students to receive a full-time offer at the end of the internship or in early September. For all full-time or internship offers made in the fall, we suggest giving the student until December 1 or a minimum of three to four weeks after the offer is made to make their decision to accept or decline so they may participate in fall recruiting. For companies interviewing in the spring semester, we recommend giving the student until March 1 or a minimum of three to four weeks after the offer is made.
Internships: Employers are encouraged to communicate decisions to candidates within a reasonable period of time and recommend giving the student until March 1 or a minimum of three weeks after the offer is made during the spring term.
Exploding Offers are strongly discouraged (e.g., any offer that does not afford a candidate the appropriate time to either accept or decline and/or has special incentives attached for the purposes of inducing early acceptances). Such offers put enormous pressure on our students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process.
Students are urged to immediately release offers they do not plan to accept. Reneging on offers is considered a serious breach of both our recruiting policies and the honor code, and such action receives immediate attention.
Salary data is collected and reported in aggregate format. Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping us informed of your employment decisions.
NACE Guidelines: We ask that employers abide by the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE).
: All materials received from our students (letters, résumés, transcripts, via email or hard copy), should be shared only with those persons at your firm involved in the hiring process.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The Weston career center seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of Olin Business School and Washington University with our corporate partners and the community at large. The following guidelines were developed for this purpose.
1. A student will be well-prepared and appropriately dressed for every contact with an employer. This includes company information sessions, informational interviews, job interviews and follow-up activities.
2. A student will give at least two business days’ notice before canceling or changing an interview. In the event of a “No Show” for an interview, a student must meet with a career advisor within two business days of the missed interview to discuss drafting a letter of apology to the recruiter. On-campus recruiting privileges will be revoked until appropriate follow-up actions have occurred, as defined by the career advisor.
3. Academics come first. A student will not miss classes to interview, attend company information sessions or participate in any event sponsored by the Weston Career Center and should coordinate with their professor(s) if any absences are unavoidable.
4. A student will always represent himself/herself accurately to the employer with factual data about his/her academics, skills and all other information.
5. Acceptance of an offer, whether verbal or in writing, is considered binding. It is never permissible to accept a job offer and later decline. This is considered a renege.
6. If an offer is reneged upon by the student, the Weston Career Center reserves the right to take appropriate action.
7. Once an offer has been accepted, either verbal or written, interviewing should cease.
8. A student will promptly report all offers and status (i.e., holding, rejected or accepted) in a timely manner and update his/her offer status appropriately.
9. A student who is employed while taking classes will honor his/her employer contract for continuing education benefits.
10. A student reaching out to alumni contacts in the Professional Network (ProNet) section should be thoughtful and selective about which alumni to contact, and should be prepared with relevant questions for the alumni about their industry or functional expertise. Alumni should be contacted for advice and insight only. Do not ask alumni for job opportunities.
All full-time, and part-time students enrolled in the Olin Business School are expected to comply with these policies as well as the rest of the policies detailed in both the Olin Business School Code of Conduct and the University Student Judicial Code.