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. It is a breach of your agreement and can jeopardize your professional reputation. 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 you are convinced that you would not be happy with the offer you have accepted, stop by OCS drop-in hours or make an appointment with an OCS adviser to discuss your options before contacting the employer.