NACE Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals
The Texas A&M University Career Center is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the preeminent association dedicated to the advancement of college career services and college talent recruiting programs. As such, NACE has long promulgated guiding ethical principles that help to ensure that the recruitment process is fair and equitable and supports informed and responsible decision making. As a member of NACE, the Texas A&M University Career Center adheres to these principles and we expect the employers that use our services to likewise adhere to them.
Third-Party Recruiters and Employment Agencies
Campus interviews should be directly scheduled and conducted by the recruiting organization's employees, rather than by third-party representatives. In cases where third-party representatives are allowed to interview, they must disclose the client(s) they are representing, the type of position, and to whom the student's credentials will be disclosed. The Texas A&M University Career Center will verify this information by contacting the named client(s) to ensure compliance with NACE and Texas A&M University policies. The Texas A&M University Career Center reserves the right to prohibit third-party recruiting.
Third-party representatives will conduct campus recruiting at Texas A&M University under the name of the hiring organization. Under no circumstances can student information be disclosed for any reason other than recruiting purposes with the designated client(s), nor can it be sold or distributed to other entities. Third-party recruiters coming to the Texas A&M University campus will represent only one firm during an interview schedule, presentation, or at a booth during a fair or other Career Center activity.
Similarly, employment agencies should schedule and conduct interviews for their own internal positions, not for those for which clients have contracted with them to fill.
- Employers making employment offers to Texas A&M University students are asked to review the NACE Position Statement on Setting Reasonable Deadlines for Job Offers.
- In accordance with NACE Principles of Professional Conduct, we ask that you refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptances, including undue time pressure and exploding offers.
- While we recognize that you may have certain restrictions in how flexible you can be, we do ask that you give students a minimum of two weeks to consider full-time, co-op, and internship offers. Further, to minimize reneges or declines after offer acceptance, we encourage you to leave offers open until October 15th in the Fall and March 1st in the Spring.
- For extending an offer after your summer internship program, we encourage you to give students until October 15th to accept the offer.
- All offers for full-time, co-op or internships employment should be made in writing, either electronic or hard-copy. The start of the offer timeline is defined by the date on the written offer letter.
- Texas A&M University students who register in HireAggies acknowledge the Career Center’s policy that they will stop interviewing when they accept an offer of employment.
- If a student reneges after accepting a job offer with you, we ask that you contact us at (979) 845-5139. Students who engage in this behavior will be blocked from using HireAggies and their department head will be notified.
- We ask that you also refrain from this practice and not withdraw offers made to candidates. Though economic pressure may require a shift in recruiting, we encourage you to contact us prior to taking action so that we can collaborate on an alternative plan to minimize the impact on Texas A&M University students.
The Career Center follows the NACE policy on recruiting that requires all recruiting activity, including presentations, information sessions, and employer-sponsored events, to be alcohol free.
The Texas A&M University Career Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution. These same EEO guidelines apply to employers utilizing the On-Campus Interview Program and the Job Listing service.