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.

Academic Policies

Internship Recruiting Policies

Diversity Recruiting Policy

Fulltime Recruiting Policy

Exploding Offer and Offer Withdrawal Policy

Professional Standards

Employer Engagement Policy

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Interview Date Policy*: No 1st round internship interviews may take place before the first date of on campus interviews, January 3 for consulting and January 6 for all other industries.
  • Offer Date Policy*: No internship offers may be extended before the first date of on campus interviews, January 3 for consulting and January 6 for all other industries.
  • Offer Deadline Policy: All internship offers must be left open until January 31 or for three weeks after the offer date, whichever is later.**

*Exceptions to the Interview Date and Offer Date policies may be made for some regional US and international processes. However, all offers, regardless of origin or location, must be left open as per the stated Offer Deadline Policy. Reach out to your EPM or to som.cdo@yale.edu to obtain an exception to the Interview Date or Offer Date policies before beginning the process with any Yale SOM student.

**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 Policy

  • Yale SOM recognizes early diversity recruiting initiatives through organizations like Consortium, Toigo, and Forte.
  • Companies that have a formal firm-wide program with a separate application process that supports diversity candidates may be approved for early interviews and offers. Please contact your EPM or som.cdo@yale.edu for approval. All offers must be left open in accordance with the Offer Deadline policy listed above.
  • Single-employer diversity events are included in the employer engagement limitations. Please see the Employer Engagement policy for clarification

Fulltime Recruiting Policy

  • Offer Deadline Policy: Full time offers should be left open until November 29 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.

Exploding Offer and Offer Withdrawal Policy

  • 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 EPM or som.cdo@yale.edu.

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.

Employer Engagement Policy

    • 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.
    • Single employer recruiting engagements may be on campus, off campus, or virtual engagements.
    • The following are considered single employer recruiting engagements:
      • Employer-hosted recruiting info sessions***
      • Employer-led education sessions
      • Employer-hosted workshops (casing, ideating, etc.)
      • Employer-hosted networking events
      • Employer-hosted diversity/affinity targeted events
      • Employer-hosted high-prospect engagement events
      • Invite-only events (dinners, presentations, etc.)
      • Employer-hosted "fun"/"social" events
      • On-site employer visits

    ***Employer-hosted multi-school events, including diversity/affinity events or those focused on international offices, are generally included in this category.  Please contact your EPM or som.cdo@yale.edu for exceptions.

    • The following types of engagements are not covered by this policy:
      • Coffee Chats (1:1 or small group, including with campus ambassadors)
      • Employer participation in multi-employer diversity/affinity conferences & career fairs
      • Employer participation in multi-employer recruiting events
      • Employer-hosted webinars open to multiple-schools simultaneously
      • Employer-led interview prep sessions for interview invitees
      • Sell Days for offerees
      • Employer sponsorship of a Yale SOM Club or Conference
      • Employer participation in a Yale SOM Conference Career Fair 
      • 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

    Employer Policy Non-Compliance

    • All employers of Yale SOM students, regardless of on campus presence, 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 on an internal-only student-facing website
      • 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

    • 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 EPM or to som.cdo@yale.edu.
    • Students may not renege on any accepted offer. An official offer, either verbal or in writing, must have been extended to the student, and the student must have accepted, either verbally or in writing. If a student has reneged on an offer from your organization, please contact your EPM or som.cdo@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

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