Student/Alumni Virtual Help Desk:
(Tu: 10am – 2pm ET | Th: 10am – 2pm ET)

Student/Alumni Virtual Help Desk:
(Tu: 10am – 2pm ET | Th: 1pm – 4pm ET)

Employer Virtual Help Desk:
(MW: 12pm – 2pm | TuTh: 11am – 1pm ET)

Student/Alumni Policies & Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines:

No-Show and Cancellation Policy

NO-SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants in On-Campus Interviews, CES programs, employer information sessions, and advising appointments are considered "no-shows" when they fail to cancel their registrations through Rutgers Handshake with sufficient notice (one business day). Failure to attend programs, interviews, or appointments for which students have registered results in Handshake privilege termination, including on-campus interviews and job postings access. In cases of inclement weather, please check to determine the University's operating status. We will follow all closings and delays. Participants who “no-show” more than one-time risk losing their Handshake privileges for up to 365 days (1st occurrence = homework assignment; 2nd occurrence = homework assignment; 3rd occurrence = 7-day block; 4th occurrence = 14-day block; and in 7-day increases for every occurrence afterward). 

WHY HAVE A NO-SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY: When participants fail to appear at programs, interviews, or appointments that require pre-registration, it is unfair to potential participants who wanted to attend but could not due to a waitlist. Also, for some programs, we have guests who participate, and they are giving their time to assist Rutgers students and alumni. Having no-shows for programs, interviews, or appointments not only reflects negatively on you but Rutgers University as a whole. Moreover, such lapses of etiquette are not acceptable in professional and civic settings.


On-Campus Interviewing and Resume Submission Policy

Interviewing Code of Ethics: As a participant in the Rutgers On-Campus Interviewing Program (Rutgers Handshake), you must adhere to the ethical standards established by the Office of Career Exploration and Success. Failure to conduct your recruiting activities according to these standards jeopardizes your own job search, as well as those of your peers, and the broader relationship between Rutgers University and affected employers.

Resume Submission Policy: Only submit resumes to those employers in which you have a sincere interest and with which you plan to interview if selected.

Candidate Selection and Interview Scheduling Policy: If an employer selects you for an interview, you are expected to accept, schedule, prepare and be present for the interview.

Misrepresentation Policy: Your student profile and resume will be periodically checked against the registrar’s records, e.g. GPA, work authorization, and graduation date. If you misrepresent yourself, your privileges on the Handshake will be rescinded and you will be subject to Rutgers University disciplinary action. Also, please note that you are not permitted to share your Handshake password.  Access to Handshake is not transferable. 

Offer Acceptance Guidelines for Students 

In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines, our goal is not to dictate a specific time frame but to encourage practices that create a transparent and equitable process for students and employers. Effective communication is essential to align with NACE Principles for Ethical Professional Practice, which seeks to “maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable and that supports informed and responsible decision-making by candidates.”

According to NACE, it is recommended that employers allow students to participate in recruiting activities such as information sessions, career fairs, and on-campus interviews to enable suitable long-term employment choices and reduce the likelihood of reneging on job offers. In keeping with this practice, we recommend employers establish and incorporate offer extension protocols where students are free from undue pressure, and requests for extensions are honored within reason. As a guide, once a written employment offer is received, a minimum of two weeks should be allowed for you to make an informed decision. If you require an extension beyond these deadlines, you should ask the employer directly. Depending upon individual circumstances, some employers will extend their deadlines, while others may not. If you need guidance with regard to evaluating job offers, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Exploration and Success.

If you RECEIVE an offer, you may continue to interview with other employers. However, be certain that you respond to the offering employer prior to their deadline. Once you have verbally ACCEPTED an offer for a full-time position, internship or co-op, requests that the offer be made in writing. It is ethically wrong, and strongly discouraged, to continue to interview, send letters of application and conduct other job search activities for opportunities with similar or competing start dates as the accepted offer. Your acceptance is a formal commitment to the employer that should be honored. Reneging on an offer (accepting an offer then withdrawing that acceptance) not only damages your personal credibility and professional reputation but also reflects badly on Rutgers University. In addition, the employer may decide to discontinue recruiting at Rutgers, thus jeopardizing opportunities for future candidates. If you renege on a written offer, your on-campus recruiting and job listing rights may be permanently revoked. 

You may contact Career Exploration and Success at with questions.