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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 before your company presentation and be very detailed regarding the position’s function, requirements, location, and work authorization to ensure that you receive the most prepared candidates. If job descriptions are uploaded late (less than one month prior to the application deadline) or are ambiguous, companies may be disappointed in application numbers.
Application Due Dates
Applications must be solicited through COIN for all positions companies will recruit for on campus. 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. ET one week before the invitation-list due date. For internships, the earliest application due date is Monday, November 30, 2020.
- No interviews or offers are permitted between August 17, 2020 and January 2021, as indicated below. Exceptions may be allowed for certain international and regional offices outside of the New York tri-state area, only with prior approval from the CMC.
- First-round interviews begin Monday, January 4, 2021.
- Second-round interviews begin Friday, January 8, 2021, except for Investment Banking, which may begin Thursday, January 7
- Offers for internships in all industries may not be extended before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 8, 2021.
- Recruiters must advise the CMC of plans to hold off-campus first-round interviews to avoid significant recruiting conflicts. This notice must include the number of candidates seen and the duration of interviews.
Second Round interviews:
- Students may not be invited to or be asked to commit to second-round interviews before first-round interviews are complete.
- Second-round interviews are scheduled directly between the candidate and the company.
- If candidates are required to travel to other cities to interview, your organization’s policy on travel reimbursement should be clearly outlined in advance.
- Recruiters may not hold second-round interviews on the same day as first-round interviews.
- Companies should offer an alternate date and time for second-round and/or out-of-town interviews for students with scheduling conflicts. Companies interviewing outside of the New York area should inform the CMC of their interview timing in advance.
- Students may not miss class for recruiting events or interviews.
- Students should not be expected to interview outside the New York tri-state area on class days (Monday through Thursday).
- Companies choosing to interview students on Friday evenings or Saturdays must be prepared to accommodate students who request an alternate day for religious reasons.
- Companies should update candidates of their status within two weeks of interviews taking place.
Interview Blackout Periods
Students should not be asked to interview during exam and blackout periods. There are also event blackout dates to keep in mind when planning your recruiting schedule:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18
- No first-round interviews January 19
- Midterm exams February 23-26
- Spring break March 1-5
- Final exams April 16-26
- Commencement May 19
Summer Internships Offer Policies
- Offers for internships in all industries may not be extended before 5 p.m. EST on Friday, January 8, 2021. Firms may not invite students to sell events or other post-interview events until an offer has been extended.
- All summer internship offers must remain open until at least Friday, February 5, 2021, or for a minimum of three weeks from receipt of a written offer, whichever is later. Offers extended after February 28, 2021 must remain open for at least seven calendar days.
- 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.
- Companies should not make conditional offers or ask questions implying a conditional offer—for example, “If we made you an offer, would you accept it?” Student feedback indicates that this makes firms appear desperate and lacking confidence in the recruiting process. Furthermore, conditional offers do not allow students time to consider their options.
- Hiring organizations should inform students of their status and/or timeline for decisions within two weeks of their interviews, regardless of outcome.
- 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 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 Dan Gabriel, 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.
Pre-interview Dinners and Sell Days
Pre-interview events the night before interviews are generally not allowed. Exceptions may be made for companies outside the New York tri-state metropolitan area. Please consult Nadege Jean-Romain, Associate Director of recruiting events, or your firm’s account manager about your company’s circumstances.
Sell events should never conflict with academic commitments and are therefore best held on Fridays or Saturdays. Additionally, firms may not invite students to sell events or other post-interview events until offers have been extended.