Offer Guidelines

All employers should extend offers in writing and be prepared to exhibit written offers to the appropriate career services office.  Illinois does not condone the use of exploding offers or any other practice that puts unreasonable pressure on students.  These offers do not afford a candidate the appropriate amount of time to either accept or decline and put enormous pressure on students to make a decision before they have completed the interview process.  We understand that firms need to know their hiring needs prior to the start of recruiting, however, it is in the firm’s and students’ best interest if students are granted ample time to make informed decisions.

Offers resulting from:For:Cannot expire before:
Internships or Co-opsFull-time conversion offers OR extension of internship offers resulting from previous internship/co-op.October 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Fall InterviewsFull-time or internship offersDecember 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Spring InterviewsFull-time or internship offersApril 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.

On occasion, students may request an extension beyond the dates given.  Each request should be considered on a case-by-case basis and be accommodated if possible.  The possibility of negotiating decision deadlines should be clearly stated to students at the time the offer is made for both full-time and internship positions.

Please feel free to reach out to a member of the Recruiting Team to discuss any questions or concerns related to this policy.