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Job Search Ethics: Doing the Right Thing
March 12, 2004
If John accepts an offer from Company X, is it okay to continue interviewing through on-campus recruiting? If Jane's GPA is 3.31 but will probably be pulled up by graduation time, is it okay to list a 3.5 on her resume?

If Joe has no interest in working for Company Y, but could really use the interview practice, is it okay for him to sign up for an interview slot?

These are ethical dilemmas you may find yourself faced with while searching for a job. Whenever you are involved in a job search, whether through Internet job postings or your school's on-campus recruiting program, your behavior has a direct impact on employers' perceptions of you as a candidate.

Ethical behavior becomes even more important during on-campus interviewing when you your behavior not only affects employers' perceptions of you, but also that of your fellow students and your school as a whole. Employers will often make the decision whether or not to return to a particular school based upon how successful recruiting is. Unethical job seekers detract from a school's attractiveness.

So, how can you be an ethical job seeker?

Keep the following suggestions in mind as you go through the job search process.

Being an ethical job seeker means "doing the right thing." If you find yourself questioning a situation and not sure what the "right thing" is, come and see us. Career Center staff are readily available to discuss your options.


This article was adapted from an article written by Nicole M. Snyder, Associate Director for Recruitment & Employer Relations in the Office of Career Services at Princeton University. This article has been copyrighted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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