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Recruiting Expectations For Employers

Remaining Key Dates for 2020|2021 Academic Year


March 30, 2021: Spring classes begin
March 31, 2021: First day of interviews
April 15, 2021: Spring Career Fair
June 5, 2021: Spring classes end

Key Dates for 2021|2022 Academic Year


September 13-20*, 2021: Wildcat Welcome and Student Move-in (*Activities will be paused on September 16 for students to observe Yom Kippur)
September 21, 2021: Fall classes begin
September 29-30, 2021: Fall Job and Internship Fair (times and format TBD)
November 24-28, 2021: Thanksgiving Recess
December 6, 2021: Fall Classes End
December 11, 2021: Winter Break Begins
December 27-31: University closed for Winter Recess


January 3, 2022: Winter classes begin
January 17, 2022: MLK Day Observed
Last week of January 2022 (Date TBD): Winter Job and Internship Fair
March 12, 2022: Last day of Winter Classes
March 21-28, 2022: Spring Break


March 29, 2022: Spring classes begin
Mid-April(Date TBD), 2022: Spring job and Internship Fair
June 4, 2022: Spring classes end

NCA is currently evaluating a number of event formats for the 2021-22 academic year and will communicate timely guidance to employers regarding in-person policies. Should on-campus activities be permitted, we advise that events are hosted within the parameters of Northwestern’s academic calendar. Virtual events may be occur at a date of the employer’s choosing.  

To maximize the success of any event, consult your Employer Strategist. For more details on information session and other student engagement opportunities please visit our NCA Employer Events webpage.

Offer Guidelines

Keeping these important parameters in mind, and so that students may thoughtfully and carefully evaluate their decisions, NCA kindly requests that you adhere to the following guidelines:

Occasionally, an employer’s hiring timeline may fall outside of this preferred window, and/or a student may ask for an exception. In such instances…

We expect employers will:

We expect students will:

NCA discourages reneging on accepted job offers in the strongest possible terms. Students are informed of NCA’s policies and the potential consequences to re-recruiting after accepting an offer.

Your partnership and cooperation helps ensure that students can accept an offer in full confidence and commitment to your organization, and prevents reneging of offers.

Second Round Interviews

NCA kindly asks organizations to be as flexible as their process allows when offering second/final round interview dates to candidates. Every effort should be made to provide an alternative option for students if the first presented date cannot be met, particularly when scheduling around major religious holidays and the academic calendar. Employers hosting second/final rounds outside the Chicagoland area are especially encouraged to give candidates multiple options, given travel time.

While all sponsored “on-campus” events will be conducted virtually for the Fall 2020 quarter, NCA acknowledges individual organizations may make the determination to conduct portions of their interview process in person when they feel they may do so safely. NCA asks that organizations adhere to socially distancing guidelines and demonstrate flexibility with individual candidates who may have specific concerns about an in-person format. In such instances, virtual alternatives should be offered whenever it is possible to do so.

Northwestern Non-Discrimination Policy:

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination.

Alcohol Policy

When hosting recruiting events, NCA prefers that alcohol not be present or provided, even if most/all students are of legal drinking age. Offering alcoholic beverages can inappropriately shift the focus of the event and may put students in an uncomfortable position. Further, students who abstain from alcohol will likely feel less welcome. This policy is in keeping with the Principles for Professional Practice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Third Party Recruiter Policy

All postings in Northwestern’s job posting platform, must disclose the name of the company. Postings from third-party recruiters are permissible so long as the applicant pool is explicitly and singularly for the stated employer and position. Third parties may not use our platform to solicit candidates for additional, unspecified opportunities.

Additional Expectations