Job Offer Policy


The University of Delaware Career Center firmly believes that allowing candidates adequate time to make an informed decision whether or not to accept an offer is in the best interest of both candidates and employers. Candidates feel more secure in their choices after they have analyzed all the information available to them, and employers can feel more confident that candidates have accepted their offer with every intention of honoring their commitment. Conversely, if candidates are not provided adequate time to consider an offer, the Applicant Conduct and Privacy Policy, to which students are required to agree, becomes difficult to enforce.

The Career Center asks employers to provide fair and reasonable time periods for candidates to evaluate employment offers prior to making a decision that will affect their future careers and personal lives. The Career Center will work with both the candidates and employers when and if these guidelines are not followed. The guidelines are in place to help the Career Center determine a course of action on a case-by-case basis.

Job Offer Policy

Candidates are to be given adequate time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to job offers. This policy shall be applied to both full-time and summer internship offers thereby establishing overall fairness to all participating parties. The below referenced time frames shall assist employers in planning their recruitment strategy and allow both employers and candidates the opportunity to participate fully during the recruiting season.

  • Any and all full-time and/or internship offers extended to candidates during a summer or adjacent fall semester will remain valid for a minimum of three (3) weeks (21 days) or through October 15; whichever date is later.  Any and all offers made during a spring semester for that adjacent summer or end of graduation start date will remain valid for a minimum of two weeks (14 days).

  • Any and all offers extended at the conclusion of an externship/leadership program during the Spring/Summer terms, employers should give until September 1st or a minimum of 2 weeks (14 days), whichever date is later for students to accept or decline the offer.

  • Any and all internship offers extended in the Spring semester to start the following Summer, should allow a minimum of two weeks from the date of the written offer, for students to accept or decline.

  • All associated offer features (bonuses, start date, relocation costs, etc.) will remain valid for the entirety of the aforementioned offer time frames. Offers extended within two weeks of the last day of a spring semester may be accompanied by a shorter timeframe than the aforementioned two weeks.

Candidates may accept an offer prior to an offer deadline. Employers may extend offers with deadlines beyond the aforementioned time frames.

Exploding Offers

  • Offers made with undue pressure and insufficient time to respond are considered exploding offers. The University of Delaware defines an exploding offer as any offer which does not conform with the other offer guidelines listed above. Students should be pressured to accept offers “on the spot” or “early” whether this is based on a shorter timeframe for consideration overall or due to any special incentives diminishing (tiered or expiring bonuses, reduced options for location preferences, etc.). The UD Career Center expects all employers to refrain from these practices with recruiting and hiring UD students 

The UD Career Center recruiting policy is informed by the Reasonable Offer Deadlines Guideline as set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 

Updated: 08.21.2021

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