Employer Offer Guidelines and On-Campus Recruiting Policies

2020-2021 Offer Guidelines

Exploding offers and bonuses put enormous pressure on our students to make a decision before they have completed the interviewing process. Most students are not ready, nor should they be, to make a final decision before completing all of their interviews. Furthermore, students with exploding offers call other employers in an attempt to arrange early interviews, thus greatly inconveniencing those firms. Regrettably, pressure to accept early makes it harder for us to enforce our policy against reneging. We therefore encourage all employers to adhere to the following guidelines when hiring Penn students.

Full-time and Internship Offers

If you make full-time offers at the end of the summer to interns returning for their final academic year, we ask that you give them until Monday, October 12, 2020 to decide so that these students may participate in on-campus interviews.  Please note that this guideline pertains to other students whom you may have interviewed over the summer as well. Please inform your prospective hires that they will have until October 12 if they need the time to make a decision.

If you make full-time or internship offers through the fall (for summer 2021 start dates), we encourage you to give students two weeks or until Monday, November 2, 2020, whichever is later, to decide on the offer. We also encourage you to provide this deadline for returning interns who you have invited back for a second summer internship.

Offers Extended After January 1, 2021

We ask that internship and full-time offers extended after January 1, 2021 be held open for at least one week. In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond these deadlines; we hope you can accommodate them. Most employers have been very understanding and willing to give our students the time they need. We appreciate your cooperation in the past, and ask for your flexibility in the future.

First Round Interview Locations

All first round interviews should be scheduled in our On-Campus Recruiting Interview Suite, or in the nearby Inn at Penn, and not in Center City hotels. If you wish to do a first-round schedule outside of these two venues before October 22, 2020, please speak to Barbara Hewitt, Executive Director of Career Services, before scheduling.

Second Round Interview Policy

In order to eliminate the cancellation of first round interviews, we have instituted a second round interview policy. Please be as flexible with students as possible in scheduling times and keep in mind that students may not be able to miss classes to attend an off-campus interview. Students should not be asked to cancel a first round interview at the last minute in order to make a second round.

During Fall 2020 recruiting, we will NOT be holding on-campus interviews on Fridays between October 2 and October 23 so that organizations may hold second round interviews on those days.  Please do not schedule second round interviews on the following days to avoid student conflicts with first round on-campus interviews:

  • September 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
  • October 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

Please see the notes column of the 2020-2021 On-Campus Recruiting Deadlines Calendar for information regarding recruiting dates.

On-Campus Recruiting Inclement Weather Policies

Inclement weather may disrupt travel, or otherwise make it difficult for recruiters and students to reach our offices. The University of Pennsylvania makes every effort to remain open if conditions on campus and in the area permit. From time to time, however, weather conditions are so extreme or hazardous that normal administrative and academic operations are suspended, and only essential services are provided. For information on the operating status of the University in the event of severe weather, call 215-898-MELT (6358).

Protocols in the event of severe weather:  As long as the University remains open, the OCR Interview Facility will be open for campus visits. If interviewers are delayed or not able to reach campus, the organization may choose to conduct interviews as scheduled via phone/skype/videoconference OR reschedule campus interviews for the next available date. The employer must communicate travel problems to the OCI Manager as soon as possible. The OCI Manager will then communicate any updates/changes to affected students. If the University closes due to inclement weather, the OCI Manager will communicate to affected employers as soon as possible.

If an employer has already traveled to the Philadelphia area and wishes to conduct in-person interviews despite the weather, please note that we cannot require students to travel to our On Campus Recruiting Interview Suite if the University is closed. The OCI Manager will make every effort to keep the facility open for employers, but we cannot guarantee this option *AND* students must be given the option to interview via phone/skype/videoconference regardless (in case they cannot travel safely to the interview facility).

Confidentiality Policy

All materials received from our students (letters, resumes, transcripts, via email or hard copy), should be shared only with those persons at your firm involved in the hiring process. Please do not forward emails from students to others inside or outside your organization. Forwarding these messages not only causes embarrassment for applicants; it also creates a negative impression of your organization.

Alcohol and Recruiting Policy

We know that you are anxious to host students in as gracious a manner as possible during the recruiting process, but please do not serve alcoholic beverages. Serving alcohol to underage individuals is against the law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in other states. While it is not illegal to serve alcohol to those 21 or over, it puts all students in an uncomfortable position, as they may feel pressured to drink whether they want to or not. By serving alcohol, you are giving the impression that drinking is a requisite part of the work environment at your organization. Students who, for personal or religious reasons, do not drink may be dissuaded from accepting employment with your firm. Furthermore, please do not hold recruiting events in bars or clubs. These requests are in keeping with University policies, and the policies of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Non-Discrimination Policy Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to: Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or by phone at (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).