The Career Development Center (CDC) at WPI is dedicated to promoting a beneficial relationship between employers and students. Therefore, it requires that students be aware of and follow policies and expectations to ensure effective professional relationships.

Gender in Handshake

If your gender assignment in Handshake does not accurately reflect your gender identity and you would like this to be corrected, please fill out this survey. This information is only for use by the CDC in Handshake. Please note that employers are not able to see the gender field in Handshake. If you have any questions please contact us at cdc@wpi.edu

Expectations

The CDC expects WPI students to be responsive, polite, and professional in all correspondence with outside organizations as they represent themselves and the university.

Should a student accept an offer from an employer, the WPI CDC expects our students to withdraw from any other searches in-process. Moving forward on another option while currently being under a hiring contract with a company will be seen as falsely misleading employers and unprofessional in nature.

If a WPI student finds their interaction with an employer representative as questionable, concerning, or inappropriate, we highly suggest the student consult the CDC Executive Director. Likewise, should an employer find an interaction with a student as questionable, concerning, or inappropriate, we would ask that the employer contact the CDC Executive Director. Any individual that violates these expectations may find that their behavior has resulted in the suspension of campus recruiting services (Handshake, Career Fairs, On-Campus Interviews, etc.) provided by the WPI CDC at the discretion of the CDC Executive Director. Letters of apology may be requested as deemed necessary by CDC staff.

Accuracy of Information

All information you submit to the CDC or directly to an employer must be accurate. In addition to concerns of ethics and integrity, many employers verify information submitted by candidates for employment.  Discrepancies in information have resulted in the withdrawal of job offers, as well as termination of employees already on payroll following the discovery of a discrepancy.

Any individual that violates these expectations may find that their behavior has resulted in the suspension of campus recruiting services (Handshake, Career Fairs, On-Campus Interviews, etc.) provided by the WPI CDC at the discretion of the CDC Executive Director.

On-Campus Interviews: No-Show Policy

Once you have accepted an interview slot, you must take that interview.  Our policy towards missing interviews is as follows:

  • If you cannot make an interview because of illness or some unforeseen circumstance, you must inform the CDC (leave a phone message at 508-831-5260) by 8:30 a.m. on the day of your scheduled interview or it will be considered a No-Show.
  • If you No-Show for an interview, you must send a letter of apology to the company recruiter with a request for a phone or on-site interview at their convenience. This letter is mandatory and a copy must be submitted to the Executive Director of the CDC. You will be placed on probation from On-Campus Interviews for the next two recruiting weeks. This means you will not be able to interview with any companies for that period of time. There are no exceptions. If a student fails to show up for an interview a second time, you must meet with the CDC Executive Director and your interviewing privileges may be taken away.
  • No last-minute cancelations will be permitted. If you have a project, activity, or class that interferes with your scheduled interview, you must inform the CDC at least 24 hours in advance or it will be considered a No-Show.

Job Postings

The Career Development Center reserves the right to deny or discontinue recruiting privileges (job postings, on-campus interviews, career fairs, etc.) to any organization.