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New Event guidelines are in bold.
All members of organizations hosting multiple events through the CMC or through student clubs are asked to clearly convey to students that they are not asked or expected to attend all events to be considered for employment.
Recruiting activities exclusively for second-year students can begin on September 9, 2013.
- On-campus corporate presentation events exclusively for second-year students may take place on specific dates from September 8 to October 10, 2014, and again from October 21 to December 3, 2014. Events must be 60 minutes long and event blackout periods apply.
- Off-campus presentations and events may be held on Thursday evenings after 7:30 p.m. or anytime on Fridays, beginning September 11, 2014.
- See blackout periods below.
- No events involving first-year students may take place before September 22, 2014.
- Corporate presentations targeting both class years or only first-year students may be scheduled on specific dates from September 22 to October 10, 2014, and again from October 21 to November 7, and in some cases to December 3, 2014. Events must be 60 minutes long and event blackout periods apply.
- Off-campus presentations and events including first-year students may be held on Thursday evenings after 7:30 p.m. beginning October 9, 2014, or anytime on Fridays beginning October 10, 2014.
- Off-campus invitation-only events may take place any evening after 6:30 p.m. between November 10 and December 3, 2014 (except during blackout periods). These events must be coordinated through Natalie Rios, assistant director of recruiting events.
- Companies may only request one invitation-only event during the off-campus evening event period.
- See blackout periods below.
- Events to be held off campus, including dinners and cocktail receptions, may be scheduled only on Thursdays after 7:30 p.m. or on certain Fridays during the day until November 7, 2014. These events must be approved by the CMC so that event dates are not overbooked.
- Firms may plan one invitation-only off-campus evening event between November 10, 2014, and December 3, 2014, excluding blackout dates. These events will take place from 6:30–8:00 p.m. or 8:30–10:00 p.m. Submit your date/time requests through COIN. Beginning in mid-June, we will assign dates/times in consultation with companies.
- Day-in-the-life events should not exceed 120 minutes.
- Based on student feedback, the CMC encourages firms to hold off-campus events near campus whenever possible. A list of neighborhood venues is available upon request.
- The CMC cannot guarantee any conflict-free times for invitation-only events not scheduled through COIN. Every effort is made to avoid conflicts within industries and functions.
- See blackout periods below.
Recruiting events of any size planned through the CMC or with student clubs may not be held during exams. Events involving eight or more students held on or off campus, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, informational interviews, case competitions, case preparation sessions, office hours, coffee chats, and corporate presentations, may not be offered during vacation periods. Events planned or approved by the School, such as study tours, may be an exception to this rule. Event blackout dates are as follows:
- June 26–July 3, 2014 (midterm exams/Independence Day holiday)
- August 7–15, 2014 (last day of classes/final exams)August 18–September 5, 2014 (summer break/start of fall term)
- October 14–20, 2014 (midterm exams)
- November 3–4, 2014 (Election Day holiday)
- November 26–30, 2014 (Thanksgiving holiday)
- December 8–19, 2014 (last day of classes/final exams)
- December 22, 2014–January 27, 2015 (winter break/study tours)
- March 9–22, 2015 (midterm exams/spring break)
- April 30–15, 2015 (last day of classes/final exams)
Feedback from corporate representatives, students, and faculty members indicates that student visits to corporate offices are best kept to a minimum.
Since repeated student visits to firms are disruptive to both classes and the workplace, companies are encouraged to streamline the informational-interview process and limit visits to each firm to one or two visits per student.
Please e-mail your company’s informational-interview policy to Natalie Rios before September 20, 2014, so the CMC can advise students and assist them in managing their schedules.
Best Practice: Announce your informational-interview policy at your firmwide event and inform the CMC to help publicize it.
Companies should request student RSVPs for lunch presentations and evening off-campus events. Companies may request RSVPs for evening on-campus presentations; however, for events planned by the CMC, RSVPs must come through COIN and may not be directed to the company. For catering purposes, it is advisable to reduce RSVP numbers by 20 to 25 percent.
Please keep in mind that some venues might have capacity limits. By assisting companies with RSVPs, Columbia Business School and the Career Management Center take no responsibility for compliance with University, federal, state, or city laws including those involving venue capacity.
Pre-interview dinners are generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made for companies outside the tri-state area. Please consult Natalie Rios or your account manager about your company's circumstances.
Sell Days should never conflict with academic commitments and are therefore best held on Fridays or Saturdays. Additionally, firms may not invite students to sell days or other post interview events until after offers are extended.
Students note that sign-in sheets at major events create delays in entering. Instead of sign-in sheets, we encourage your firm to provide students with a card to complete and drop off later during the event. This will speed students' entry to the event and still allow interested students to receive follow-up information from your firm. Student clubs may develop their own rules about sign-in sheets at events they plan.