Yale School of Management

Recruiting Policies

The Yale School of Management (SOM) recruiting policies are designed to encourage the best and most equitable outcomes for both students and employers. As such, these policies apply to all employers, regardless of on campus presence or utilization of Yale SOM Career Development Office (CDO) resources.

►Effective May 26, 2020, there will be no in person recruiting efforts at Yale SOM for the 2020-2021 academic-year.  All recruiting efforts will be virtual. Yale University has asked all students to limit travel outside of Connecticut due to state recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; we request all recruiting partners to honor this policy and not expect students to travel out of state.

►Additionally, given that many Yale SOM students may not be in New Haven for parts of the school year, in the spirit of inclusivity, we ask all recruiting partners to record engagements when possible and make them accessible to all Yale SOM students through our secured student sites.

Academic Policies

Full-time Recruiting Policy

Internship Recruiting Policies

Diversity Recruiting Policies

Employer Engagement Policies

Professional Standards

Exploding Offer and Offer Withdrawal Policies

Employer Policy Non-Compliance

Student Standards of Conduct and Repercussions

Academic Policies

  • In line with its mission to educate leaders for business and society, Yale SOM does not permit students to miss class for any recruiting activities, and schedules accordingly. 
  • Fall semester for first-year MBA students is foundational to the Yale SOM educational experience. While much recruiting occurs in this time frame, students’ primary focus must be on academics during this term, and we expect all Employer Partners to be fle­­­­­xible as students prioritize their coursework. This benefits both students and hiring employers, allowing students to optimize their Yale SOM education.

Full-time Recruiting Policy

  • Virtual recruiting and recording engagements: All recruiting engagements with Yale SOM students will be virtual for the 2020-2021 academic year. To ensure optimal access to recruiters and recruiting information, please record recruiting engagements when possible. Please share the recording with your Employer Partnership Manager, who will share the recording only with Yale SOM students via a secured student site.
  • Student Travel restrictions: In support of policies by the State of Connecticut and Yale University’s request that all graduate students limit travel outside of Connecticut, please do not expect Yale SOM students to visit your out-of-state locations.
  • Offer Deadline Policy: Full-time offers for students graduating May, 2021, should be left open until November 30, 2020, or for four weeks after the offer date, whichever is later.*

If at any time a student feels that the amount of time granted is not sufficient, we encourage the student to communicate to the organization how much time is required and why the time is needed

Internship Recruiting Policies

  • No employer may host more than four single-recruiter engagements for first-year students during the fall semester. Please contact your Employer Partnership Manager (EPM) for more information and to strategize.
  • Virtual recruiting and recording engagements: All recruiting engagements with Yale SOM students will be virtual for the 2020-2021 academic year. To ensure optimal access to recruiters and recruiting information, please record recruiting engagements when possible. Please share the recording with your Employer Partnership Manager, who will share the recording only with Yale SOM students via a secured student site.
  • Student Travel restrictions: In support of policies by the State of Connecticut and Yale University’s request that all graduate students limit travel outside Connecticut, please do not expect Yale SOM students to visit your out-of-state locations. 
  • Offer Deadline Policy: All internship offers must be left open until February 1, 2021 or for three weeks after the offer date, whichever is later.*

*If at any time a student feels that the amount of time granted is not sufficient, we encourage the student to communicate to the organization how much time is required and why the time is needed.

Diversity Recruiting Policies

  • Yale SOM recognizes early diversity recruiting initiatives through organizations like Consortium, Toigo, and Forte as well as formal dedicated application-only processes at employers.
  • All Summer 2021 internship offers from diversity recruiting initiatives must be left open until February 1, 2021, in accordance with the Offer Deadline policy above. 

Employer Engagement Policies

  • In order to allow students to acclimate to the MBA program and fully participate in essential first-semester coursework, single employer recruiting engagements with first-year students during the fall semester will be limited to four engagements.  There are no limits for engaging with first-year students in spring semester, nor limits at any time for engaging with graduating students or alumni.
  • The following are considered single employer recruiting engagements:
    • Recruiting info sessions (Ask Me Anything, Day In The Life, Open Hours, etc.)
    • Education & training sessions
    • Networking events
    • "Fun"/"social" events
    • Please record all employer engagements and share with your Employer Partnership Manager, who will share with Yale SOM via a secured student site
  • The following types of engagements are not covered by this policy:
    • Coffee Chats (1:1 or small group, including with campus ambassadors)
    • Diversity-focused engagements
    • Engagements focused on specific international offices
    • Employer-hosted webinars 
    • Interview prep sessions
    • Participation in multi-employer HireSOM events, recruiting/networking events, diversity/affinity conferences & career fairs, etc.
    • Sell Days for offerees
    • Sponsorship of a Yale SOM Club, Case Competition or Conference
    • Participation at the request of Yale SOM faculty, staff, or students, such as request for a:
      • Classroom speaker
      • Alumni Panelist (i.e. through CDO's Career Immersion or Virtual Chats; club organized panels, etc.)
      • Recruiter Panelist

Professional Standards

  • Yale SOM holds all parties involved in the recruiting relationship to the highest professional standards and is committed to maintaining fundamental principles of mutual respect, honesty, integrity, and professionalism throughout the recruiting process.
  • In accordance with Yale University policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
    • Please be advised that by interviewing our students, posting a job opening, or participating in our educational and networking programs, you are affirming that your employment practices are in compliance with this policy as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws. Further information about the Yale University policy can be found at www.yale.edu/nondiscrimination.

Exploding Offer and Offer Withdrawal Policies

  • All offers must be left open in their fundamental terms according to the offer deadline policies for internships and full-time roles as listed above. Financial incentives encouraging acceptance before the deadline are permitted.
  • Offers may not be withdrawn once given, and the CDO considers both verbal and written offers as binding. If any organization must withdraw an offer for any reason, please contact your Employer Partnership Manager or som.recruiting@yale.edu.

Employer Policy Non-Compliance

  • All employers of Yale SOM students are expected to abide by recruiting policies and to abide by professional standards of conduct to ensure an equitable and professional recruiting process for all students and employers. Students are encouraged to report any policy or professional standards violations to the Yale SOM CDO.
  • In the case of violation of Yale SOM recruiting policies, the following repercussions may come into effect:
    • A letter from the school’s dean to senior leadership, outlining the violation and repercussions
    • Reporting of the employer’s violation to students via internal media
    • Limitation of the types and timing of CDO-facilitated engagements, such as information sessions, coffee chats, and employer visits
    • In the case that an organization chooses not to abide by these recruiting policies, the Yale SOM CDO will not hold students accountable for offer reneges

Student Standards of Conduct and Repercussions

  • The Yale SOM CDO holds students to professional standards of conduct. Should any organization feel that a student is behaving unprofessionally or in bad faith, please reach out to your Employer Partnership Manager or to som.recruiting@yale.edu.
  • Students may not renege on any accepted offer, and the CDO considers both verbal and written acceptances as binding. If you believe a student has reneged on an offer from your organization, please contact your Employer Partnership Manager or  som.recruiting@yale.edu.
  • Student repercussions may include:
    • Revocation of access to CDO resources, job postings, and events
    • Removal from the Yale SOM Resume Database, etc.
    • Revocation of student leadership positions
    • Loss of study abroad privileges