Students need to be aware that many employers in the Campus Interview Program have a very short timeline from when first-round interviews start to when offers are made to candidates. Sometimes students feel pressured by employers to accept an offer quickly. If a time frame is not within our constraints stated in the policies section below, please contact the Campus Interview Office, and we will help negotiate the correct amount of time needed to make the decision. Often the person making the offer is simply not aware of our our policies, which stipulate:
- No conditions can be placed on an offer (e.g., "We have 10 offers outstanding for 8 openings and will accept the first 8 students who get back to us," etc.)
- No incentives can be placed on an offer (e.g., “We will provide a $5,000 bonus if you sign today,” etc.)
- Candidates must be given a stipulated minimum amount of time to make a decision
Reneging on Campus Interview Offers
Reneging on a job offer is considered an egregious breach of ethics and will create an adverse relationship not only between you and the employer, but also between the employer and Harvard. Students who do renege on a job offer will have their Crimson Careers account blocked immediately and will have to meet with the Director of the Campus Interview Program. If an opportunity has come along that you would like to pursue after you have accepted a job offer, contact the employer that has made you the offer and let them know about the situation and ask their advice. If you cannot amicably solve this situation, contact either the Campus Interview Program Office or an OCS adviser to talk about the situation.