Recruiting Principles & Guidelines for Employment Offers and Acceptances

We endorse the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ principles for professional conduct and the policies of the University of Illinois Career Services Council. (Full text may be reviewed at and, respectively.) These principles provide a framework for professional relationships among colleges/universities, employing organizations, and candidates.

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 student. 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 interviewing 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.

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

Offers resulting from: For: Cannot expire before:
Internships or Co-ops Full-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 Interviews Full-time or internship offers December 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.
Spring Interviews Full-time or internship offers April 1 or three weeks after the offer is made, whichever comes later.

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