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Offer Acceptance Policy for Students

In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines our goal is not to dictate a specific time frame but to encourage practices that create a transparent and equitable process for students and employers.  Effective communication is essential to align with NACE Principles for Ethical Professional Practice which seek to “maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable and that supports informed and responsible decision-making by candidates."

According to NACE, it is best to allow students to participate in recruiting activities such as information sessions, career fairs, and on-campus interviews to enable suitable long term employment choices and reduce the likelihood of reneging on job offers. In keeping with this practice we recommend that employers establish and incorporate offer extension protocols where students are free from undue pressure and students' requests for extensions are honored.  As a guide, once candidates have received written offers from employers, a minimum of two weeks should be allowed for students to make informed decisions.

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

Students who have accepted full-time, co-op, or internship employment offers must notify University Career Services and withdraw from any future interviews.

For information on what constitutes a fair and equitable recruiting process, free from undue pressure where you can make an informed career choice, please visit this link:



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.