Employment Offers and Acceptance Guidelines
The following guidelines have been established to ensure that undue pressure is not placed on students by employing organizations. We recognize that students should have the opportunity to investigate all employment options of interest to them when making their career decisions.
Exploding Offers are prohibited (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.
Fall Recruiting 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 offers or internship offers made in the summer or the Fall, we strongly encourage giving the student a minimum of three weeks after the offer is made or until December 1, whichever is later. The intent is to allow students to participate in the majority of fall recruiting.
Spring Recruiting Full-time or Internship Offers: For companies interviewing in the spring semester, we recommend giving the student until March 1 or a minimum of three weeks after the offer is made (whichever is later).
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.
Confidentiality and NACE Principles: We ask that employers abide by the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). All materials received from our students (letters, résumés, and transcripts, via email or hard copy), should be shared only with those persons at your firm involved in the hiring process. Salary data is collected and reported in aggregate format. Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping us informed of your employment decisions.
Student Code of Conduct
The Weston Career Center (WCC) seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of the Olin Business School and Washington University with our corporate partners and the community at large. This Code of Condct outlines expectations of our students.
- Students will be well-prepared and appropriately dressed for every interaction with employers and alums.
- Students will give at least 2 business days notice before cancelling 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.
- Academics come first. Students will not miss classes to interview, attend company information sessions, or participate in events sponsored by the WCC and should coordinate with their professor(s) if absence(s) are unavoidable.
- Students will always represent themselves accurately to employers with factual data about academics, work authorization, skills, and all other information.
- 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.
- If an offer is reneged upon by the student, the WCC reserves the right to take appropriate action.
- Once an offer has been accepted, either verbally or written, the student will remove themselves from all active recruiting activity.
- As a requirement for access to WCC staff and resources, students will keep their status and offer data (i.e. OEDA - Olin Employment Data Analytics) updated and current at all times. This includes prompt reporting of all offers and status (i.e. holding, rejected, or accepted).
- An RSVP to attend an event is a commitment used for planning space, refreshments and resources from the employer host. The WCC reserves the right to take appropriate action in the case of a no-show.
- Alumni outreach and interactions will be thoughtful and respectful. Students will not ask for a job, as alums are resources for knowledge, insights and advice.
All 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.