Employer Guidelines

Employer Guidelines

Career Development welcomes your participation in the recruitment of Washington and Lee students for both internships and post-graduate employment.

In order to facilitate the process, we have developed the following guidelines concerning interviews, offer, and other aspects of the recruiting process. We encourage all employers to be aware of the guidelines proposed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE); see naceweb.org...Knowledge Center...Principles for Professional Practice.

If you have any questions regarding our recruiting policies, please contact Career Development at (540) 458-8595

Video Interview Options

Washington and Lee Career Development provides Skype video interview capability and encourages all employers to fully consider students who are studying abroad. Consult with Career Development staff well in advance of your scheduled interviewing day to insure Skype video arrangements are ready for your visit.

Policies for Employers Recruiting Washington and Lee Students

Please consult with Career Development staff in advance as you plan your recruiting strategy.

We encourage employers to describe recruiting timelines and/or procedures in the W&L LexLink job descriptions and during the interview. For example, an employer would inform students in advance if second-round interviews are planned for the same day as the initial interview or for the day following the initial interview. If possible, include the dates for which you will hold Super Saturday second-round interviews.

In addition, if there will be a pre-interview dinner or call-back dinner/event on the same evening as the initial interview, please notify students when they are selected for an initial interview. This will allow students to make tentative arrangements in advance with professors, coaches or other programs for which they are obligated.

"Super Saturday" events may be scheduled at any time in the term, but three full business days' notice is requested (e.g., for a Super Saturday event, invitations would be given no later than the end of business on the prior Tuesday).

Second-Round Interviews

Employers are asked to provide alternative dates, without negative consequence, for a second-round interview if the date originally suggested by the employer interferes with a student's first-round interview on campus, previously scheduled second-round visit, exam, or other valid conflict.

Employers are asked to provide students three full business days' notice of a second-round interview in an off-campus location (e.g., for an interview on Wednesday, notice must be given by end of business day the previous Thursday).

Offer Guidelines

Students need time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to offers. In order to facilitate this process, employers are asked to follow these guidelines for Washington and Lee recruitment:

Full-Time Offers
Employers extending offers are encouraged to allow students a minimum of two weeks from receipt of the offer to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond on an earlier date. See definition of "exploding offers" below.

Full-Time Offers to Summer Interns
Employers who extend an offer for full-time employment to a student who has had a summer internship with the employer are encouraged to allow students a minimum of two weeks from receipt of the offer to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond on an earlier date. See definition of "exploding offers" below.
In all cases, employers making full-time offers to Washington and Lee students (whether through on-campus recruiting or not) are encouraged to allow students a minimum of two weeks to respond.

Internship Offers
Employers extending offers of summer internships are encouraged to allow students a minimum of two weeks to respond to that offer, without pressure to respond verbally or in writing on an earlier date. See definition of "exploding offers" below.

In all cases, employers making offers of summer internships to Washington and Lee students (whether through on-campus recruiting or not) are encouraged to allow students a minimum response time of two weeks from receipt of an offer.

Exploding Offers/Excessive Pressure

Exploding offers are those that require a quick response time or call for a reduction in offer package after a certain date. Examples of excessive pressure may include statements such as "If I offer you the position today, will you take it?"
Washington and Lee students have expressed their concerns about exploding offers which create undue pressure in these situations. Employers are asked not to make "exploding offers" or pressure students to accept an offer under duress. It is in the best interest of both the employer and student to negotiate these deadlines in good faith.

Non-Discrimination

Washington and Lee University prohibits discrimination or harassment in any form. Please refer to the University Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation on the General Counsel's website (http://www.wlu.edu/x32882.xml#).