Students/Alumni: Here's What You Can Reasonably Expect From Employers...

Effective Date: 06/24/2009
Last Updated: 06/26/2009


Students/Alumni:  Here's What You Can Reasonably Expect From Employers

1. Confidentiality.  Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source, including personal knowledge, written records/reports, and computer databases. An employer shouldn't disclose information about you to another organization without your prior written consent, unless necessitated by health and/or safety considerations.

2. Accurate information.  Employers are expected to provide accurate information about their organizations and employment opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to, positions available, responsibilities, career advancement opportunities, and benefits.

3. Freedom from undue pressure.  Employers are expected to provide you with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about accepting an employment offer.  They are also expected to provide you with a reasonable process for making your decision. An unreasonable process, for example, is one in which the student is told that the offer is good for a set amount of time; unbeknownst to the student, the same offer has been made to others-and the student who accepts first gets the job. In addition, it is improper for employers to pressure you to revoke your acceptance of another job offer.

4. Timely communication.  Employers are expected to inform you of your status in the hiring process and communicate hiring decisions within the agreed-upon time frame.

5. Fair treatment.  If an employer is required by changing conditions to revoke a job offer that you've accepted, you're entitled to a fair and equitable course of action. That can include, but is not limited to, financial assistance and outplacement service.

6. Testing information.  Employers should inform you in advance of any testing, the purpose of the tests, and their policies regarding disclosure of test results.

7. Nondiscrimination.  Employers are expected to avoid discrimination in their recruitment activities and to follow equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles.