Weston Career Center Recruiting Expectations and Guidelines

We adhere to the Principles for Employment Professionals of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and we hold all parties in the recruiting relationship to the highest professional standards and are committed to maintaining fundamental principles of mutual respect, excellence, integrity, and professionalism throughout the recruiting process.

Use of the Weston Career Center and its resources is a privilege that includes both shared and individual responsibilities. If you have questions about managing your recruiting process or about these policies, please contact a member of the WCC staff.

Employer recruiting guidelines

We ask that recruiters make every attempt to provide students with sufficient notice of the timing of interviews. We appreciate efforts to avoid scheduling conflicts with students’ academic responsibilities, and we recommend that employers offer at least one alternate date for second-round or on-site interviews.

We have a dedicated team of industry leads to help facilitate your on-campus and virtual recruiting. We highly recommend you work with our industry and employer team when scheduling events to minimize conflicts and enhance your experience.

Employment offers and acceptance guidelines

The following guidelines have been established to ensure that undue pressure is not placed on students by employing organizations. It is in the interest of both students and employers that candidates have adequate time and information to make thoughtful and informed decisions about their employment offers. This not only minimizes the risk of reneges in the short term but also supports retention with the accepted employer after graduation.

Students are expected to withdraw from all applications and are not permitted to interview with additional firms after accepting an employment offer.

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.

Student expectations

Demonstrate professionalism in all recruiting activities and relationships.

  1. Meet deadlines posted by employers.
  2. Arrive on time for all recruiting events.
  3. Promptly respond to emails from staff, employers and recruiters.
  4. Turn off cell phones and other devices during events and interviews.
  5. If you RSVP to a meeting or event, follow through with your commitment.
  6. Interviews and information sessions typically require business professional attire unless otherwise noted.
  7. Give at least two business days’ notice before canceling or changing an interview. In the event of a “no show” for an interview, you must meet with a career coach within two business days of the missed interview.
  8. Academics are a priority. We do not encourage you to miss class to attend company information sessions or participate in career events. You will need to communicate with your professor(s) if absence(s) are unavoidable.

Represent yourself and WashU Olin Business School accurately.

  1. Keep your profile and résumé up to date with accurate information.
  2. Accept offers in good faith. An accepted offer is binding and assumes that you are no longer job searching. Students are expected to withdraw from all applications and are not permitted to interview with additional firms after accepting an employment offer. This is standard professional expectation at all business schools. If you renege on an offer, the WCC reserves the right to take appropriate action.
  3. Report your employment status, including received and accepted offers, through our secure site.

By choosing to utilize the Weston Career Center services, we expect you will adhere to the standards of professional and ethical behaviors.