Exploding Job Offers

Career Services does not endorse the practice of “Exploding Offers”. The two most common types of exploding offers occur:

  • When employers require students to accept an offer within a very short time frame.
  • When employers extend more offers than openings available and tell all students that offers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Career Services asks that organizations do not put undue pressure on students to make quick decisions about their offers. Therefore, Career Services recommends that employers give students adequate response time from the date of the offer to make informed decisions. The response time needed to evaluate the offer will vary depending upon the point in the recruiting cycle that the employer extends the offer, the graduation date of the candidate, their planned target date for a final decision, and other potential student needs.