Careers & Recruiting
Student Policies

These policies have been carefully designed with the best interests of Fisher students in mind. They are based on years of recruiting experience with employers and their feedback about working with Fisher students.

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  • Open/Close Access after Suspension or Dismissal

    Policy Regarding Access to Handshake for Students Suspended or Dismissed from the University

    The Ohio State University Policy states the following as conditions of suspension and dismissal:

    Conditions of suspension and dismissal
    A student who has been dismissed or suspended from the university shall be denied all privileges afforded a student and shall be required to vacate campus at a time determined by the hearing body. In addition, after vacating campus property, a suspended or dismissed student may not enter upon campus and/or other university property at any time, for any purpose, in the absence of expressed written permission from the vice president for student life or designee. To seek such permission, a suspended or dismissed student must file a written petition to the vice president for student life for entrance to the campus for a limited, specified purpose or to have the terms of this condition modified or reduced.

    Therefore, any student suspended from Ohio State will be made inactive in Handshake, losing access during the time of the suspension. Any student dismissed from Ohio State will be made inactive in Handshake, losing access for the duration of the dismissal.

  • Conflicts & Reneging

    Scheduling Conflicts and Reneging on Decisions

    How to Handle Conflicts with Interview Scheduling
    ​Fisher students should do all they can to minimize any negative impact on academics when scheduling job interviews-- and in their job search overall.

    To manage scheduling conflicts:

    • Do your best to schedule an interview that does not conflict with class-- this requires that you schedule a preferred time for an on-campus interview before another student does (first-come, first-serve).
    • If a preferred time is taken you can work with our recruiting coordinator to identify a student(s) in the preferred time slot and then contact the student yourself to try and coordinate a swap.
    • You can see if there is any flexibility with a preferred interview time-- directly with the company, or through our recruiting coordinator.


    For second round interviews:

    • If asked to come to a 2nd round, on-site interview on a day that conflicts with classes/exams, see if the employer has flexibility and could offer another day – it is perfectly acceptable to inquire about this! They will let you know whether or not they have flexibility
    • If the employer cannot re-schedule, ask them to email you the invitation with an indication that they cannot change the date. Send this to your professor well in advance of the date


    These options have a fairly high rate of success if you are proactive. When not successful, you will simply have to accept the consequences of a class obligation where the faculty member does not offer another option. Always seek advice from the Office of Career Management if you are in a situation that you are unsure about.

    Student Policy Regarding Reneging on Offers of Employment

    Renege: to go back on one's word, to break a promise

    A verbal or written acceptance of an offer is considered a commitment. It is never permissible to accept a job/internship offer (either verbal or written) and later decline. We recommend that you consider all job/internship offers carefully and seriously before acting upon them.

    If you are in a position where you have an offer deadline, but are still in the recruiting/selection process with other companies, it is always appropriate to ask for a deadline extension.

    Tips to guide you in this process:

    • When asking for an extension to the deadline given to you, contact the company representative that extended the offer to you
    • Always try to talk to the company representative over the phone
    • Give the latest date you think is reasonable for you to be able to make a decision as a starting point. Keep in mind, in the fall OCM recommends November 1 and in the spring OCM recommends 3 weeks from the date of the written offer

    If you have a difficult decision to make or find yourself in a challenging position with regard to an offer, we encourage you to meet with a consultant in the Office of Career Management before making your final decision. Once you accept a job/internship offer you should no longer pursue opportunities that would negatively interfere with the accepted offer; and you should withdraw from any scheduled interviews.

    If it is determined that you have reneged on either an internship or career position offer, you will be asked to meet with one of the following individuals in the Office of Career Management:

    • FTMBA students (Jamie Mathews-Mead)
    • MHRM students (Jill Westerfeld)
    • MAcc students (Jamie Mathews-Mead)
    • SMF Student (Jill Westerfeld)
    • Undergraduate students (Sarah Steenrod and Mark Wilson)


    The meeting will focus on a discussion of the situation and may result in consequences to you, including, but not limited to: requiring you to write a letter of apology, discontinuing your access to Handshake, denying your access to services, and/or referring you to the Ohio State Office of Student Conduct.

    If you fail to schedule this meeting within two weeks of our request, or do not attend this meeting as scheduled, your access to Handshake and/or services provided to you as an alum will be discontinued.

  • International Student

    International Student Policies

    Student Policy Regarding Permanent Residency Process and Handshake Work Authorization

    Candidates in the process of applying for permanent residency often have questions about how they are represented in Handshake. Students and alumni in the final step of the Adjustment of Status (AOS) process and in possession of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) may be temporarily marked as “eligible to work without visa sponsorship” in Handshake.

    Candidates wishing to have their status updated in Handshake must provide a copy of their EAD card, both front and back. If eligible, their Handshake status will be updated for the duration of the card’s validity. To avoid having the status changed back upon the card’s expiration, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to provide Career Management with either (1) an updated EAD card or (2) notification when permanent residency is received. Candidates should also notify the University upon receipt of permanent residency.

    The Office of Career Management encourages candidates to be fully transparent when speaking with employers about work authorization. Most employers recognize the minimal risk in hiring a student who has applied for PR and received an EAD, but should be made aware of the candidate’s status early in the recruitment process.

    Loss of F-1 Visa Resulting in Inactivation of Handshake Profile

    If the Office of Career Management is informed by the Office of International Affairs [OIA] or by an employer that an international student has violated immigration regulations, which results in termination of their employment and loss of their F1-Visa status, the student will be made inactive in Handshake. If the student has their F1-Visa status reinstated, re-enrolls at Ohio State at a future date, and is re-admitted to Fisher, they should notify the Office of Career Management to reactivate their account in Handshake.

    Exchange Student Policy

    Exchange students are able to utilize select career management resources and services while they are studying in the Fisher College of Business. Online resources that provide information related to resume development, interviewing skills, and job search strategy development are available via the Office of Career Management website. In addition, exchange students are welcome to attend career workshops and career fairs offered throughout the academic year.

  • Interviewing

    Handshake and Interviewing Policies

    Student Handshake Interviewing Policy

    The Handshake interviewing policy has been developed in order to create a win-win relationship between employers and students and to maximize interviewing opportunities available to all Fisher College students at The Ohio State University. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact Career Management at 614-292-6024. Communication is the key to a successful job search!


    • Your Commitments to the Policy

      When you registered with Handshake you made these three commitments which will enable your on-campus interviewing experience to be effective and rewarding.

      1. You commit to provide true and accurate information in your Handshake profile and on your resume at all times.
      2. By requesting an interview on a company’s interview schedule, you commit to schedule an interview time if your request is accepted.
      3. When you schedule an interview (either on an employer’s open or pre-select schedule) or mock interview, you commit to show up for the interview.
    • Violations of the Handshake Policy Resulting In a Warning
      • Failing to schedule an interview time after your interview request is accepted. (does not apply to alternates)
      • Failing to show up for an interview you scheduled with a company, a mock interview or office hours appointment.
      • Canceling an on-campus or QUIC interview within 24 hours of the interview dates and time.
      • Intentionally providing false information on your Handshake profile or on your resume. *See the Accurate Presentation policy below.
    • Think Before You Request or Schedule an Interview

      Carefully consider your level of interest and ability to follow the above guidelines before scheduling a mock interview, scheduling an interview with a company on their open schedule, or requesting an interview with a company for a pre-select schedule.

      It is important to read all position descriptions carefully and make sure you are aware of the job location, responsibilities and assignments so that you understand the scope of the position for which you are interviewing. Before you request or schedule an interview, double check your calendar to ensure that you will not have a scheduling conflict. School work (exams, group projects, papers, presentations, etc.) does not excuse you from fulfilling your commitment to show-up if you request or schedule an interview, as you should be able to anticipate and plan accordingly.

    • Your QUIC Interview and How Policies Apply

      Your QUIC Interview will be the first opportunity to put these policies into practice. To create a win-win relationship between the Career Management Office and all the students who are attempting to complete their QUIC interview you must follow these policies:

      1. Only schedule ONE QUIC interview at a time.
      2. Schedule your QUIC interview on a date and time when you know your schedule is free and then begin to prepare for the interview. If you need to change the time of your QUIC interview, you can do so through Handshake.
      3. Last minute cancellations or rescheduling (within 24 hours of the interview date and time) QUIC Interviews are not permitted. In cases of emergencies call the Career Management Office at (614) 292-6024.
    • Schedule Interview When Request is Accepted

      When you requested the interview, you made the commitment to the employer that if accepted you would schedule and show up for an interview. It is your responsibility to monitor your request for an interview by checking your status in Handshake. Failure to schedule an interview will result in a warning in Handshake.

    • Show Up Prepared to Interview

      When you scheduled your interview you made the commitment to prepare and show up for your interview. Take the time to research the company, the position, and identify two or three pertinent questions you can ask the recruiter. Failure to show up for an interview will result in a warning in Handshake.

    • When You Need to CANCEL a Request or an Interview

      Sometimes it is necessary to cancel an interview request or an interview. You are able to withdraw your request for an interview or cancel an on-campus interview (including a QUIC interview or rescheduling a QUIC interview) without penalty until 24 hours before the interview date and time. Cancellations after this time are considered Last-Minute Cancellations and will result in a warning in Handshake.

      As soon as you are aware that you are not going to be able to honor a commitment you made on Handshake, please notify the Recruiting Coordinator via email ( or by phone at 614-292-6024. Provide us with the following information: your name, your phone number, the schedule ID#, the company name, the position title, the time and date of the interview, and your reason for canceling. Also please contact the recruiter (we will provide contact information if it is not listed in Handshake) to let him/her know.

      In cases of emergencies such as sudden illness, accident or a death in the family, that occur the day of the interview, you (or your designee) are still expected to call (614-292-6024) or email ( the Office of Career Management, and we will alert the employer that you will not be able to make the interview. You will be expected to send a note of apology to the employer.

      Cancelling an on-campus or QUIC interview within 24 hours of the interview date and time with one of the reasons stated above will result in a warning.

      If you have accepted an internship or job offer, it is your responsibility to cancel all scheduled interviews in Handshake.

      The following are examples of UNACCEPTABLE reasons to cancel your interview:

      • I don’t have time in my busy schedule now
      • I changed my mind
      • I didn’t fully read or understand the job description when I applied for the position
      • I didn’t complete the application process through the employer’s web site

    Outcome of Warnings and Policy Violations


    • Loss of Handshake

      The Office of Career Management monitors warnings and repeated violations of the interview policy. You will be warned for your first violation. In the event of a second violation, you will lose your privilege to utilize Handshake for the remainder of the academic year. At the beginning of the next academic year, you may state your case to the Handshake Policy Committee to earn back these privileges. Your appeal will be reviewed by the committee and you will be notified of their decision. Understand the committee meets once a week and an answer to your appeal may take up to two weeks to process.

    • Definition of Inactive Status

      Complete loss of access privileges to Handshake.

      • This means that you will not be able to view, schedule or make requests for future interviews and your resume will not be referred to employers.
      • If you have other interviews already scheduled, you will be expected to keep those commitments.
    • Accurate Representation

      If the Office of Career Management staff members and/or employers determine that you are misrepresenting yourself on the Handshake system (including, but not limited to, work authorization, GPA, graduation date), your status on the Handshake system will be made inactive immediately and permanently—There is no first warning and any scheduled interviews will be canceled. You will not be eligible to re-activate your Handshake profile.

      Note: The Office of Career Management may refer cases to Student Judicial Affairs or The Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) as appropriate.

    • Appealing a Warning or Inactivation

      You are welcome to appeal any warning or profile inactivation to the Handshake Policy Committee within 2 weeks after the warning or inactivation has been issued(contact Director of Recruiter Relations & Techonology, email or 614-292-8615 to appeal). You must submit a written explanation of the circumstances and provide any documentation that you feel might help your appeal (correspondence with an employer, doctor’s note, etc.). The committee evaluates all appeals on a case-by-case basis and should they decide to overturn the warning or inactivation, it will not count against you.