The Recruitment Process

What you need to know before looking for an internship or job.

Know the Schedule

While some employers recruit year-round, there is a cycle to the college recruiting process. Many employers view the fall as prime recruiting season and will begin visiting campus to start identifying candidates. The Fall Career Fair is held near the beginning of September and is often viewed as the official start of the recruiting season for both Summer Internships and Full Time Opportunities. On-campus interviewing and nearly all of the recruiting activity for the semester ends the week prior to finals.  The process begins again at the start of the spring semester with the Spring Career Fair, where employers will continue to fill summer internship, winter internship and full-time opportunities.

Don't Ghost an Employer

When you have an interview scheduled, make sure that you honor the commitment that you’ve made. No-showing or cancelling an interview at the last minute makes a bad impression on the interviewer and hurts not only your reputation, but that of the College as well. In addition, you have taken an interview spot from another student who may have really been interested in the opportunity.   If you wake up sick and you’re not able to attend the interview make sure to email the recruiter as soon as possible and also email or call Business Career Services, if the interview is on campus, so that we can help relay the message to the recruiter on your behalf. Business Career Services does have a policy that your Handshake account will be blocked for any no-show interviews.

Know the University of Illinois' Recruiting Policies and Expectations

Whether you are interviewing through On-Campus Recruiting or not, be sure to know your recruiting rights and responsibilities before you interview. You should also be aware of the recruiting policies and procedures expected for employers. If you have questions about our recruiting policies or how to handle a difficult situation with an employer, let us know.

Reneging Has Consequences

re/nege   verb   go back on a promise, undertaking or contract

What happens if you have already accepted a job offer when a better one comes along?

Can you back out of the first offer? No, and here’s why you shouldn’t...

You should never tell an employer “yes” if your real answer is "maybe". It’s not fair to them, and it’s not ethical of you. BCS is available to help you navigate the job offer process.

Say goodbye to future offers

Reneging on an offer is a quick way to ensure that you will not able to work for that organization in the future. Employers have long memories and you will likely have a black mark on your file.

In addition, this may affect your chances of working at competing organizations.  Keep in mind that many industries are relatively small and that people you angered by reneging may warn others in the industry about you. And when the offer came through on-campus recruiting where recruiters from competing organizations all know each other, this can be particularly damaging.

What Reputation?

Reneging on an offer damages the University of Illinois reputation and the Gies College of Business reputation.  Just as you have benefited from the great reputation of the college, you are responsible for living up to this reputation.   When you renege on an offer the employer doesn’t just think negatively about you, they also think negatively about the Gies College of Business. It may only take one instance for an employer to conclude that this is “just the way Gies students are” and be less inclined to recruit from Illinois in the future.

Consequences of Reneging

There are consequences for reneging. Students who renege are blocked from using Handshake @ Illinois for a minimum of one semester or longer. Honoring your accepted job offers is something that we in the College take very seriously.