We recognize that students should have the opportunity to investigate all employment options of interest to them when making their career decisions.

Both students and recruiters are expected to follow recruiting guidelines at WashU. If you are concerned with any recruiter actions, please contact the Center for Career Engagement for advice on handling the situation.

We are committed to ensuring that WashU is a community where everyone is valued and respected. Please be sure to review our recruiting guidelines for employers.

Recruitment policies and procedures


Recruiting guidelines for students

We hold all parties in the recruiting relationship to the highest professional standards and are committed to maintaining fundamental principles of mutual respect, excellence, integrity, and professionalism throughout the recruiting process. By choosing to utilize the Center for Career Engagement’s services we expect you will adhere to the following standards of professional and ethical behaviors.

Demonstrate professionalism in all recruiting activities and relationships

  1. Meet deadlines posted by employers.
  2. Arrive on time for all recruiting events.
  3. Promptly respond to emails from staff, employers and recruiters.
  4. Turn off cell phones and other devices during events and interviews.
  5. If you RSVP to a meeting or event, follow through with your commitment.
  6. Interviews and information sessions typically require business professional attire unless otherwise noted.
  7. Give at least 2 business days’ notice before canceling or changing an interview. In the event of a “No Show” for an interview, you must meet with a career adviser within two business days of the missed interview.
  8. Academics are a priority. We do not encourage you to miss class to attend company information sessions, or participate in career events. You will need to communicate with your professor(s) if absence(s) are unavoidable.

Represent yourself and WashU accurately

  1. Keep your profile and resume up to date with accurate information.
  2. Accept offers in good faith. An accepted offer is binding and assumes that you are no longer job searching. This is standard professional expectation at all universities. If you renege on an offer, the Center for Career Engagement reserves the right to take appropriate action.
  3. Report your employment status, including received and accepted offers through Handshake.


While accepting employment is one of the last steps of the job search process, there are aspects to prepare for when approaching accepting employment. One of the most important skills in accepting a job offer is understanding negotiation. 

Job scams

Due diligence can help you to determine the validity about a job posting or offer. As a general rule, you will never receive a legitimate job offer if you have not met with or spoken to the employer. A legitimate employer will never ask for money, bank information, or a social security number on an application. Learn more about identifying and reporting job scams.