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Principles of College Recruiting for Candidates

National Assocation of Colleges and Employers Principles of College Recruiting for Candidates

The University of Memphis and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) expect students to adhere to the following principles of college recruiting:

1. In seeking interviews, recognize your responsibility to analyze your values, interests and abilities, and consider carefully your employment objectives and appropriate ways of meeting them. Read available literature, consult other sources for information about the employer, and organize your thoughts in order that you may intelligently ask and answer questions.

2. You should contact Career Services well in advance regarding desired interviews or cancellations. Keep in mind, organizations that recruit prospective employees at The University of Memphis invest time, money, and energy in coming to our campus. Signing up for an interview repre-sents a commitment on the part of the student. Interviews on campus should be taken as seriously as those at the employer’s location. Missing an interview, arriving late, and canceling on short notice are all regarded as a "no-show" situation.

An individual who no-shows must write an approved letter of explanation to the recruiter within five business days. If you miss an interview or cancel within 48 hours of the interview, bring your typed version of the letter within five business days, along with an addressed and stamped envelope, to Career Services, 400 Wilder Tower. The Director will personally review the letter to determine if it is satisfactory.

Failure to follow these guidelines can result in the immediate revocation of interviewing privileges through the Career Services Office. Missing an interview appointment may mean that you lose out on an excellent career opportunity, and it also keeps another student from meeting with that employer.

3. You should use care in filling out forms that may be requested in preparation for the interview, specifically job applications. They should be typewritten and not handwritten if at all possible.

4. In your interviews, recognize that you are representing the University of Memphis, as well as yourself, and be punctual and thoroughly business-like in your conduct.

5. You should promptly acknowledge an invitation to visit an employer’s premises. You should accept an invitation only when you are sincerely interested in exploring employment.

6. When you are invited to visit an employer’s location at the employer’s expense, keep an accurate record of actual expenses incurred. The actual expenses pertaining to the trip should be the only expenses reported on the expense report. If two or more employers are visited on the same trip, expenses are pro-rated among them.

7. As soon as you determine that you will accept an offer, immediately notify the employer. Do not continue to present yourself for interviews after accepting an employment offer.

8. Your acceptance of an employment offer should be made in good faith and with the sincere intention of honoring the employment commitment.

9. Notify Career Services when you accept employment and or admission to a graduate or professional school.

(Reprinted with permission of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, copyright holder. For more information on the job search go to JobWeb at

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