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Offer Acceptance Policy for Students

Rutgers University Career Services prohibits the acceptance of multiple offers by students.  Likewise, we also prohibit students from accepting an offer with an organization only to renege on or decline that offer at a later date.  Students are not permitted to interview for positions with a similar or competing start date as the accepted offer.  Ethical practice dictates that students discontinue interviewing for positions after they have accepted an offer of employment.

Type of Offer   Student Response Due
Full-time offer after summer internship November 1
Internship or full-time offer during fall recruiting for upcoming summer start date Minimum of 2 weeks or until December 1 whichever is later
Full-time offer on or after January 1 Minimum of 2 weeks
Spring semester for summer internships or co-ops Minimum of 2 weeks or until March 12, whichever is later

Offer acceptance guidelines

Fall Recruiting

If you receive an offer at the end of a summer internship, we have requested that employers give you until November 1 to make your decision.  If you receive an offer during the fall recruiting process for internships, co-ops or full-time opportunities (for the upcoming summer start dates), employers are asked to give you two weeks or until December 1 whichever comes later, to make your decision.

Spring Recruiting

If you receive an offer for full-time employment on or after January 1 we request that employers give you a minimum of two weeks to make your decision. If you are interviewing in the spring for summer internships or co-ops, we request that employers give you a minimum of two weeks or until March 12, whichever comes later, to make your decision.  

If you require an extension beyond these deadlines, you should ask the employer directly.  Depending upon individual circumstances, some employers will extend their deadlines, while others may not. 

If you need guidance with regard to evaluating job offers, we strongly encourage you schedule an appointment with University Career Services.

Receiving and Accepting an Offer

If you RECEIVE an offer, you may continue to interview with other employers. However, be certain that you respond to the offering employer prior to their deadline.  It is acceptable to ask for an extension.  Please see our offer guidelines.

Once you have ACCEPTED an offer verbally or in writing for a full-time position, internship or co-op it is ethically wrong to continue to interview, send letters of application and conduct other job search activities for opportunities with similar or competing start dates as the accepted offer.

Continuing to interview for comparable positions with a similar or competing start date after you have accepted an offer is against Rutgers University policy.  For instance, if you accept an offer for an upcoming summer internship, you are no longer eligible to interview for other summer internships.          

By accepting a job offer verbally or in writing, you are making a formal commitment to the employer. There are no circumstances that would legitimize your reneging on an offer. Reneging on a job offer is unacceptable. This not only damages your personal credibility and professional reputation, but also reflects badly on Rutgers University. In addition, the employer may decide to discontinue recruiting at Rutgers, thus jeopardizing opportunities for future candidates.  

If you have accepted an internship or co-op verbally or in writing and are seeking full-time employment, you may participate in on-campus interviewing for full-time positions ONLY that begin at the conclusion of your internship or co-op.   However, you are not eligible to interview or accept offers for other co-op or internship positions with a similar or competing start date as the accepted offer.

If you renege on an offer, your on-campus recruiting and job listing rights will be permanently revoked. University Career Services reserves the right to report unethical or inappropriate actions to the Office of Student Conduct for further review. Students are required to report offer acceptance to University Career Services by logging on to CareerKnight and clicking on the “report a hire” link under the resources heading on your home page or by contacting University Career Services at recruiting@echo.rutgers.edu.


Interviewing Code of Ethics

As a participant in the Rutgers On-Campus Interviewing Program (CareerKnight), you must adhere to the ethical standards established by University Career Services.  Failure to conduct your recruiting activities according to these standards jeopardizes your own job search, as well as those of your peers, and the broader relationship between Rutgers University and affected employers.

Resume Submission Guidelines

Only submit resumes to those employers in which you have a sincere interest and with which you plan to interview, if selected.

Candidate Selection and Interview Scheduling Guidelines

If an employer selects you for an interview, you are expected to accept, schedule, prepare and be present for the interview.

Interview Cancellation Guidelines

If you must cancel the interview, you have two options for doing so:

  • Prior to the week of the interview —cancel online through “Interviews I Qualify For.”
  • The week of the interview—call 848-445-7287 between 8:30 am and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, at least 48 hours prior to your interview; otherwise you will be considered a no-show.

After three interview cancellations, you will be blocked from CareerKnight for the current academic year.

If you cancel an interview, you must inform the employer in writing and contact and provide a copy to the University Career Services Employer Relations Team at recruiting@echo.rutgers.edu.

No-Show Guidelines

Scheduling an interview is a formal commitment between you, the employer, and Rutgers University. You are committed to showing up for all scheduled interviews.  You will be considered a “no show” if you do not appear for your interview and do not call to cancel at least 48 hours prior to your interview. If you are a no-show you are required to send a letter of apology to the employer and provide a copy to University Career Services Employer Relations team at recruiting@echo.rutgers.edu.  After one no-show, you will be blocked from CareerKnight until you meet with a Career Development Specialist to discuss the specific circumstance surrounding this instance.


Your student profile and resume will be periodically checked against the registrar’s records, e.g. GPA, work authorization, and graduation date. If you misrepresent yourself, your privileges on the CareerKnight will be rescinded and you will be subject to Rutgers University disciplinary action. Also, please note that you are not permitted to share your CareerKnight password.  Access to CareerKnight is not transferable.