Offers

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.

See additional resources regarding offers, negotiation, salary, and more.

Offer Policies & FAQs

Policies

In order for students to make effective decisions, they must explore all of the options open to them. All companies participating in the Campus Interview Program (which includes all interviews conducted off-campus with students whose resumes have come to employers through our resume drops) must follow the timetable below. At the same time, students are expected to be active decision makers, avoid waiting until the last minute as much as possible, and honor commitments and agreements that they make during the on-campus interview process.

Full-time & Internship Hiring Acceptance Deadlines

Date of Offer

Deadline

Full-Time Offers Resulting from a Previous Campus Interview Program Summer Internship

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Full-Time & Intern Offers Resulting from FALL Campus Interviews

Thursday, December 8, 2016 or 3 weeks from date of written offer, whichever is LATER

Intern Offers Resulting from a Previous Campus Interview Program Summer Internship

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Full-Time & Intern Offers Resulting from SPRING Campus Interviews

Thursday, February 23, 2017 or 3 weeks from date of written offer, whichever is LATER

No Exploding Offers. We expect employers to honor all offers made to students and that no conditions will be placed on the 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 incentive (e.g., “We will provide a $5,000 bonus if you sign today,” etc.) may be offered to induce students to accept offers early. If you receive an exploding offer or have a concern about offer deadlines, please contact the Campus Interview Program Office right away at (617) 495-2598.

Students should always insist on receiving offers in writing. Please examine the contract you sign very carefully. Students who renege on offers after both parties have signed will be denied future access to the Campus Interview Program.

FAQs

Q. What is the salary range for Campus Interview Program positions?

The organizations that participate in the Campus Interview Program range from nonprofits to retailers to financial services firms. Thus, there is a wide range of possibilities in terms of compensation. We recommend several resources for benchmarking salaries and other benefits in the Decision Making section of our website. For junior internships (between junior and senior academic years), many employers in finance and consulting will pay the equivalent of their full starting salary, prorated for the length of the internship. Note that this is not universal, and does not usually apply to students prior to junior year.