ETHICS OF JOB SEARCHING
November 14, 2012
Take this quick quiz:
You have an offer with Company A, but you have not accepted. You have been invited to an interview at Company B but the interview is prior to the deadline for your decision with Company A. Should you go to the interview?
You have already accepted an offer but decide to continue interviewing at other companies because you want to make sure you have made the right decision. Is this proper?
These are the dilemmas many of you might be facing. So, how did you do on the quiz? The answer to #1 is Yes. It is OK to attend an interview if you have not accepted an offer from another company. So, obviously that makes the answer to #2 NO. Once you have accepted an offer, you need to honor that and cancel any upcoming interviews. You have made the decision and need to halt all other job search activities. Never accept a job with the intention of turning it down if “something better” comes along. Not only is reneging inconsiderate and unprofessional, it reflects badly on Ohio State and might negatively impact another OSU student’s chances with that employer. Also, employers communicate with each other and you don’t want to get a bad reputation.
At ECS, we take this very seriously. And so do our company partners. If you renege on an offer (reject after accepting), we usually will hear about it from the company. We are here to assist you in this process. If you are at a crossroads, please come see us. One of our career advisors can usually help on the spot or at least the next day because we understand the urgency of the issue. Students who renege on a job offer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Reneging is grounds for exclusion from ECS so please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
There are other situations in which using good judgment and acting ethically is imperative:
You must present your abilities, qualifications, interests and availability to an employer honestly during an interview. Do not misrepresent yourself. Also, schedule interviews only if you have a genuine interest in the position. Do not use this as “interviewing practice!” That is what mock interviews are for and we can conduct those with you by appointment or you can access InterviewStream from your CareerEngine account.
Wishing you good luck on your job search!
"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do." - Potter Stewart