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Offer Extension Guidelines
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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 you establish and incorporate offer extension protocols where students are free from undue pressure, and their 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 employment offers.

It is strongly recommended that employers notify University Career Services when candidates have accepted full-time, co-op, or internship employment offers.

For information on creating a fair and equitable recruiting process free from undue pressure, where students can make informed career choices, please visit this link: