Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Recruiting Policies

These recruiting principles and job offer policies help to create an equitable process for all members of the Fuqua community involved in recruiting—including current students, alumni, and employer recruiting partners. Fuqua's facilities and services are available only to employers whose practices are consistent with the principles and policies outlined in this document.


Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business forbids discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest record, or disability. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, interviews must be made available to all interested students who meet the permanent work authorization requirements for other than practical training purposes, regardless of their citizenship. Please see the US Department of Justice "Best Practices for Online Job Postings" for more information and guidelines. If United States citizenship is required by your company, please indicate this requirement in the job description of any position for which you are recruiting.

In support of our nondiscrimination policy, we do not provide the student "face book" to recruiters.

Closed List Deadlines

Closed list deadlines are listed in the employer's interface on Recruit@Duke. If the Career Management Center (CMC) does not receive the information or an update from the recruiting partner by the closed list due date, we may reschedule the company's on-campus interviews for the next available date to allow the extra time needed to decide on candidates.

Academic Obligations

Students and employers are expected to prepare for and keep all interview appointments. A student missing an interview will have their interview privileges suspended until the student has discussed the situation with a CMC representative and taken appropriate steps to address the situation with the recruiter.

Academic obligations and recruiting activity

Students should not be expected to sacrifice academic obligations for a recruiting event or interview. We will work with your organization to optimize the timing of your activities to provide opportunity for all students to attend.

First year daytime students are obligated to stay in Durham, NC through the beginning of May to complete Spring Term 2 and final exams. These same students are obligated to return to Durham, NC for pre-term activities in late August. Therefore, internships should not start prior to May 8, 2017 and should end by August 18, 2017 so these students can fulfill their academic obligations.

Severe/Inclement Weather Procedures

If the University activates the severe weather/emergency conditions policy, classes may be canceled or delayed, and Career Management Center (CMC) personnel may not be able to report to work, all of which will impact the day's interview schedules. Please note, regardless of severe weather or emergency conditions, if your recruiters are able to get into RDU and to Duke, the CMC staff will make every effort to be here to host them.

If your recruiters are not able to get to campus for their interviews due to inclement weather, we will work with you to make alternate arrangements including (but not limited to):

  • a phone interview in lieu of in-person interviews, at the same scheduled time and date
  • reschedule your interview date

If a student is unable to get to campus due to inclement weather, we will ask the recruiter on-site about alternate arrangements that may be available to the affected student, including those listed above. Our guiding principle is that a scheduled interview should be honored as a commitment by both the employer and the student, even if the original date, and/or format are altered by inclement weather.

If your recruiters are traveling and find they are unable to get to Duke, call the CMC recruiting desk at +1.919.660.8081 as soon as possible. CMC staff on duty for the interview day will assist you in communicating their status to the students on the schedule.

Extending an Offer

The Fuqua Career Management Center operate under the principles outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in its Principles for Professional Practice and expects our recruiting partners to operate under these principles as well. Providing sufficient time, without undue pressure from company representatives, allows students to evaluate their employment opportunities and make the wisest decisions for all parties. This creates a positive experience for candidates and employers, ultimately reducing renege and attrition rates.

To fully support the candidate decision process, offer timing guidelines are outlined here. The fundamental terms of an employment offer—including annual salary, base signing bonus, performance bonus, relocation, and job function—must remain unchanged until the expiration date. Financial incentives encouraging students to commit before the deadline are permitted, as long as incentives are small relative to the overall value of the offer, and still allow the student a minimum of two weeks decision time.

Daytime Student Offer Timelines

Daytime MBA students and on-campus interviews
In accordance with the Daytime MBA academic calendar and recruiting timeline, the Fuqua Career Management Center has established the following date parameters for offers to daytime students or any Fuqua MBA student as a result of an on-campus interview:

Job offer expiration dates for fulltime offers

If the offer is extended before Spring Term 1 (January 19, 2017):

The job offer must remain open until December 2, 2016 or three weeks from the date the written offer is received, whichever is later.

If the offer is extended after January 19, 2017:

The job offer must remain open for two weeks from the date the written offer is received.

Job offer expiration dates for internship offers

January 6, 2017 is the first date an internship offer can be extended to a Fuqua first year student from an on-campus interview:

The job offer must remain open until January 27, 2017, or three weeks from the date the written offer is received, whichever is later.

If the offer is extended to a first year student during spring term 2 (March 20) or later:

The job offer must remain open for two weeks from the date the written offer is received.

If your company policies or business practices vary significantly from these timelines, please discuss this matter with your Sector Manager, preferably before offers are extended to Fuqua students.

Working Professional Offer Timelines

Working Professional MBA students and alumni
Students currently enrolled in the Cross Continent, Weekend, or Global MBA programs (Working Professional MBA students) extended offers through an on-campus interview should follow the timelines outlined above for the Daytime MBA program. Outside of on-campus interviews, Fuqua alumni and working professional students are not tied to traditional academic calendars and as such, setting specific date parameters is unnecessary.  However, providing the candidate with enough time to make a thoughtful decision remains crucial to a positive recruiting experience for all.  Therefore, we recommend all full time offers made to a Working Professional MBA student or Fuqua alumnus or alumnae remain open for two to three weeks from the date the written offer is extended

Communicating Student Status

It is important that both the employer and student communicate openly throughout the interview, offer, and evaluation process. All companies should establish and maintain, at most, a four-week window of communication with candidates throughout the process. For example, if the interview is held on February 13, follow-up communication should be sent no later than March 13, even if the message simply states the process is continuing and that candidates will be notified by an approximate date. All candidates not selected for further consideration should also receive notification of their final status once the selection process has been concluded.

Rescinding Offers

The Fuqua School of Business expects both students and recruiting partners to honor offers and acceptances of employment as serious commitments of intent to work/employ according to the terms of the offer. There are times when an employer may have to revoke an offer based on changing organizational or business needs. If you may need to rescind an offer of employment from a student, please communicate with the student as soon as possible and contact your Sector Manager.

Green Recruiting

Employers are prohibited from distributing giveaway items to all students attending their corporate presentation, office hours, or recruiting forum. This policy includes logo merchandise and company products, and applies to any employer conducting school-facilitated recruiting on Fuqua's campus or at a nearby location such as the Washington Duke Inn. As an alternative, a company may bring a few products to display or conduct a raffle-style giveaway for a few attendees.

We recognize many recruiters view these giveaways as visible ways to demonstrate commitment to Duke recruiting and to showcase the company and its products. Yet packaging, shipping, and distribution - which are necessary to make the giveaways possible - consume natural resources and create waste when extra products are left after the event. Additionally, while appreciated and nice to have, students consistently tell us that the products are secondary to the higher order objectives of the recruiting process and are often given away or discarded.

When Policies Are Not Honored

A violation of these policies may involve sanctions imposed by Fuqua. Depending on the circumstances, sanctions may include:

  • Delayed access to registration for the following recruiting year's on-campus activities
  • Delay on holding on-campus interviews for the following recruiting year
  • Revocation of on-campus recruiting privileges for a specified time
  • Information about the nature of the violation posted for our students via an intranet "adverse action" page

Exceptions to Recruiting Policies

For international recruiters
International companies or divisions of companies may find it more practical to interview first and second year students during the same visit to Fuqua. As a result, companies or divisions of companies based outside of the United States, Canada, or Mexico may interview and make offers to first or second year students outside of our regular recruiting calendar. We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with candidates and work with them to find a mutually agreeable decision date.

National Career Conferences
In recent years, career conferences such as the National Black MBA Conference and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference, have become increasingly popular for recruiters and students. These events occur very early in the on-campus recruiting process for second-year students and well in advance of the recruiting process for first-year students; therefore, we strongly suggest that any offers made to Fuqua students as a result of these events remain open until December 2, 2016 for second-year students and January 27, 2017 for first-year students.

Extending an Offer

Master of Management Studies (MMS) students
In accordance with the MMS academic calendar and recruiting timeline, the following parameters govern employment offers made to MMS students:

Job offer expiration dates for MMS students

If the offer is extended before Spring Term 1 (January 19, 2017):

The job offer must stay open until October 28, 2016, or two weeks from the date the written offer is received, whichever is later. 

If the offer is extended after January 19, 2017:

The job offer must stay open until February 17, 2017, or a minimum of two weeks from the date the written offer is received, whichever is later.