On-campus Recruiting Policies

The Office of Career Services is available to provide guidance and assistance throughout your job exploration, interview and career decision process.  In order to provide the highest level of support, Career Services has established policies and guidelines based on best practices in college recruiting. These are designed to benefit students as well as our employer partners. We ask that you familiarize yourself with these policies prior to attending on-campus interviews.

Inclement Weather Policy

If the university is closed for non-essential personnel at any point during the year, all on-campus recruiting activities (to include interviews and information sessions) will be cancelled.  Interviews will be rescheduled to the following Saturday, and information sessions will be rescheduled for the earliest available date.  This change has been made to ensure the safety of our employers, students and staff during unsafe weather conditions.

Cancellation of Interviews

Students cannot cancel first round interviews in order to attend second round interviews or Super Days.  Please be aware that all cancellations must be done through HireTigers, providing at least two full business days’ notice. This allows the employer time to select an alternate candidate to interview in your place.  If cancellations are made the day before or the day of the interview, you are required to call Career Services and send a letter of apology to the employer. A copy of this letter must also be sent to the Associate Director for Recruitment and Employer Relations.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to cancel within two full business days, please contact Career Services at recruit@princeton.edu or call 609-258-6349 so that we can work with you to try and make alternate arrangements. 

Second-Round Interview and Super Day Policy

The cancellation policy for second round interviews and Super Days is two full business days’ notice. If you are invited for a second-round interview or a Super Day, please do not schedule it at a time when you already have another interview scheduled, or if you are unable to provide at least two full business days’ notice. An invitation to attend a second-round interview or a Super Day is not considered a valid reason to cancel a first-round interview that is already scheduled on the calendar.

Our second round interview policy is intended to give students the opportunity to be able to attend all scheduled first-round interviews with employers of their choice. Employers should not ask students to cancel first round interviews in order to attend a second round interview or a Super Day. If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to cancel within two full business days, or have a scheduling conflict, please contact Career Services at recruit@princeton.edu or call 609-258-6349 so that we can work with you to try and make alternate arrangements. 

We work collaboratively with employers and ask that they make every effort to accommodate student’s class and interview schedules and provide them with the following information relevant to our policies:

  • For Fall 2014: No second rounds can be offered outside the Princeton area between September 22 – September 28 (the first week of Fall interviews). After September 28, Employers MUST give students at least three business days notice to leave the Princeton area.
  • For Spring 2015: No second rounds can be offered outside the Princeton area between February 2 – February 6 (the first week of Spring interviews). After February 6, Employers MUST give students at least three business days notice to leave the Princeton area.

No-Shows

Please understand that when you schedule an interview you are making a commitment. Students are expected to attend all interviews that they have scheduled. In order to make the program fair to all students and employers, failure to show for an interview the first time will result in a counseling appointment with the Associate Director for Recruitment and Employer Relations.  Failure to attend a second interview, without previous notice may result in suspension of your HireTigers account.

  • Students that are "no-shows" for an interview are required to submit a letter of apology to the employer within 24 hours.  This should include a detailed explanation as to why you did not attend the interview.  A copy of the letter must also be sent to the Associate Director for Recruitment and Employer Relations.
  • If a student is a no-show for a second time, and a valid explanation has not been provided, they may be removed from all subsequent interview schedules.  A determination will be made as to whether or not the student’s access to on-campus recruiting should be suspended.  A second-round interview or Super Day opportunity is not considered a valid reason to miss a previously scheduled first-round interview.

This policy is intended to benefit all who participate in the on-campus recruitment program. If you have questions or need assistance, please email recruit@princeton.edu or call 609.258.6349.

Offer Policy

Career Services discourages students from accepting verbal offers.  If you are offered a position, wait to accept until you have carefully reviewed the employment contract and asked the organization any questions you need to know BEFORE accepting the offer. 

Policies that may assist you. Career Services has established offer policies for employers, including the timeframe for how long students should have to respond to an offer. If the employer is not providing the amount of time outlined in our offer policy, please notify Career Services right away for assistance. Here is a summary of the information provided to employers who participate in on-campus recruiting:

Full-Time Offers Presented to Summer Interns

If employers make full-time offers at the end of the summer to interns, the interns should be given until November 14, 2014 to make a decision, so that these students may participate in Fall on-campus recruiting.

Internship Offers Presented to Current Summer Interns

If employers make internship offers to interns to return for a second internship the following summer, the interns should be given until February 20, 2015 to make a decision, so that these students may participate in Spring on-campus recruiting.

Full-Time Offers Presented to Students Through  Fall Recruiting

If employers make full-time offers to students through Fall recruiting, students should be given until November 28, 2014 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later).

Off-Season Offers for Full-Time or Internship positions

Full-Time Offers Presented Between Fall and Spring Recruiting

Employers interviewing and extending full-time offers to students in between the fall and spring recruiting periods (December 7, 2014 – February 1, 2015) students should be given until February 20, 2015 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later) to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond on an earlier date.

Summer Internship Offers Presented During Spring Recruiting

Please note that spring on-campus recruiting begins February 2, 2015. Employers interviewing and extending internship offers to students prior to the start of spring on-campus recruiting must give students until February 20, 2015 or two weeks to make a decision (whichever is later) to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond on an earlier date.


Accepting Job Offers

Keep us informed. If you decide to accept a position (congratulations!), we kindly request that you take a moment to notify Career Services so that we can update the status of the posting within our system. The following information is requested:

  • Employer name
  • Job title
  • Resource(s) you used to find the job (e.g. HireTigers or a faculty member)
  • Starting salary (this is kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only)

Let us know if you need assistance. We understand that this is a big decision. If there are special circumstances surrounding your decision to accept or to decline an offer, such as the need for more time to make a decision, contact us for assistance with your decision-making process.

Please note that once you have accepted an employment offer, you are no longer eligible to apply for positions or to attend any previously scheduled interviews.

Reneging on Job Offers

Reneging on the acceptance of an offer obtained through the on-campus recruiting program may lead to suspension from the program.