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Full-Time Recruiting Policies

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Job Descriptions

Upload job descriptions in COIN before your corporate presentation in the fall or one month before the position's application deadline, at the latest.

Best Practice: Upload job descriptions to COIN as early as possible and be as detailed as possible regarding the position's function, requirements, location, and work authorization to ensure that you receive the most prepared candidates. Companies can sometimes be disappointed in application numbers if job descriptions are uploaded late or are ambiguous.

Application Due Dates

For all positions for which companies will recruit on campus, applications must be solicited through COIN. Companies may require additional means of application if they wish; this information may also be communicated to candidates through COIN. Application deadlines generally default to 9 a.m. (eastern time, unless otherwise specified) one week before the invitation-list due date.

For full-time positions, the earliest application due date is September 17, 2012.

Interview Guidelines

  • On-campus first-round interviews for full-time positions will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, and continue through April 30, 2013.
    • The first two interview days are reserved for firms in the banking industry only.
    • All industries may conduct 1st round interviews beginning Thursday, October 18.
  • Off-campus first round interviews may be scheduled:
    • On Fridays, beginning on October 26, 2012.
    • The exceptions are:
      • Friday, October 12, 2012, which is reserved for off-campus first-round interviews in the consulting industry only.
      • Monday, October 22, 2012, which is reserved for off-campus first-round interviews from all industries.
    • Recruiters must advise the CMC of plans to hold off-campus first-round interviews so that interview days are not overbooked.
  • Second round interviews for full-time positions may begin on Thursday, October 18, 2012 and continue daily. Students must be offered at least one alternative day for second round interviews. Students may not be invited to or be asked to commit to second-round interviews before firstround interviews are complete.
  • Students may not miss academic commitments in order to interview. Some second-year students may have exams between October 16-22, which must be accommodated.
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  • Companies choosing to interview students on Friday evenings or Saturdays must be prepared to accommodate students who request an alternative date for religious reasons.

Interview Blackout Periods

During the following periods, firms should not offer formal interview schedules; however, individual students may be interviewed if arrangements do not conflict with personal or academic commitments:

  • November 5 - 6, 2012 (Election Day holiday)
  • November 21 - 25, 2012 (Thanksgiving holiday)
  • December 11 - 21, 2012 (last day of classes and final exam period)
  • December 22, 2012 - January 29, 2013 (winter break for second-year students and study tours)
  • March 12 - 24, 2013 (midterm exams and spring break)
  • May 3 - 17, 2013 (last day of classes and final exam period)


  • Offers may be extended after 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 19, 2012. Firms may not invite students to sell events or other postinterview events until an offer has been extended.
  • Offers must remain open until November 30, 2012, or for a minimum of four weeks from receipt of a written offer, whichever is later. Offers extended after February 1, 2013, must remain open for a minimum of two weeks.
  • The fundamental terms of an offer must remain unchanged until the expiration date, although incentives encouraging students to commit before the deadline are permitted, so long as incentives are small relative to the overall value of the offer.
  • Hiring organizations should inform students of their status and/or timeline for decisions within two weeks of their interviews, regardless of outcome.
  • Please request permission of your new hires to allow you to report their employment status back to the School. This will allow the CMC to report more complete numbers as it prepare its annual employment report.
  • The rescinding of a verbal or written job offer, unless done under extenuating circumstances such as unforeseen business conditions or egregious student behavior, is a very serious violation of Columbia Business School recruiting policy and will be handled accordingly. Delayed start dates of an extended period of time may be considered rescinded offers as well. Sanctions against firms in violation of this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any organization considering rescinding an offer or delaying a start date should first contact Bruce Lloyd, director of employer relations.
  • Students who accept offers verbally or in writing and then renege on that commitment have violated recruiting policy and the Columbia Business School honor code. Sanctions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will include disciplinary action, which may result in the suspension of recruiting privileges and/or a requirement to appear before the Dean's Disciplinary Committee.

Offers to Former Summer Interns

Full-time offers to students who completed summer internships at your company must be held open until November 2, 2012.

Pre-interview Dinners and Sell Days

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.

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