Recruiting Policy for Employers
All employment professionals recruiting HCDE students through HCDE and other on-campus recruiting channels, such as the UW Career Center and other established college or university programs, are requested to work within a framework of professionally accepted recruiting, interviewing, and selection practices as stipulated in the NACE Principles for Professional Conduct.
Job Offers & Policies
To provide students with sufficient time to complete their employment search and make well-informed decisions, we ask employers to abide by the timelines outlined below. Failure to follow these recommended policies may be detrimental to our students and also result in limiting employer access to departmental recruiting activities. Please note, these policies apply to employers that have used HCDE resources such as the HCDE Career Fair, , Information Sessions, and other related HCDE forums to find and source candidates.
Students shall be given a minimum of two weeks to decide whether to accept a full-time offer or internship offer, or until the following timelines, whichever is later. Exploding offers and special incentives, such as diminishing bonuses or location preferences, should not be used to encourage early acceptance of an offer. Signing bonuses should be honored whenever a student accepts an offer.
Timelines for Offers and Decisions*
For full-time offers to previous summer or spring interns:
- Students have until November 30 to make a decision.
New offers for full-time positions or interns:
- Students offered positions during summer or autumn quarter have until November 30 to make a decision.
- Students offered positions in December have until February 15 to make a decision.
- Students offered positions during winter quarter have until February 15 to make a decision.
- Students offered positions during spring quarter have until April 15 to make a decision.
Internship offers extended to previous summer or spring interns:
- Students have until February 15 to make a decision.
Employers should be prepared to respond to status inquiries from students within one week of each interview, whether conducted on campus, off campus, or over the phone, for both full-time and internship positions.
*Please note that the time periods above start at the receipt of a written offer for employment to the student.
About This Policy
This policy is designed to be consistent across UW programs where recruiting for technical positions occurs, and mirrors the policy at the UW’s Computer Science and Engineering, iSchool, and Human Centered Design & Engineering Departments.