Recruiting can be a complex process, but the MBA Career Management works in partnership with students and employers to ensure that the experience of Hiring Haas is as transparent and equitable as possible.
Honoring your commitment to attend an event is important to the Haas brand, as well as your own brand. Take it seriously
Always sign up on CMG BEARS for the in person and virtual company presentations and chats you would like to attend. Note that signing up is a commitment to attend the entire event. No-shows reflect poorly on our school, and on you as an individual (we share the expected numbers and sign-up lists with the company representatives). Signing up and not showing up for an event also blocks a fellow student from being able to attend – please notify CMG immediately if you can’t attend and can’t remove yourself from the event.
Dress code for presentations and company chats are “business casual.” Dress code for interviews should match what you know of the company culture. Business formal (suits) are normal for all Investment Banking and Consulting roles. Business casual is usually appropriate for Tech/CPG roles unless otherwise specified by the company or Relationship Manager. If you are interviewing with a CPG company like Levi’s or Nike, it is usually recommended to wear their brand. If you are ever unsure what to wear, please reach out to the respective Relationship Manager.
If the event is in a virtual setting, make sure your video is on, stay the whole time and pay attention to the speaker. Demonstrate you are a confident, considerate team player by introducing other students around you to recruiters. Again, do not overstay your welcome with a recruiter … they will notice
Schedule your career management activities, including appointments, workshops, presentations, and interviews, during non-class times. MBA Career Management does not condone missing classes “Haas time” does not apply to interviews, presentations, or networking events. Arrive at the event 10 minutes prior to your start time. Recruiters may decline to interview you if you are late.
Alumni, employers, and those you network with are taking time out of their day to meet or interview you. Be sure to follow up promptly with a thank you note.
ELIGIBILITY FOR FULL-TIME OCI DURING FALL 2023
Students who will graduate in December 2023 or May 2024 are eligible to participate in OCI for full-time positions during the 2023-2024 recruiting season as long as they are currently enrolled in at least one unit (and have not participated in Full-time OCI before).
If you will be spending the fall 2023 semester on exchange at a partner institution and still wish to participate in OCI, please reference the Program Office Exchange Student FAQs for specific circumstances and requirements for fall OCI interviews and opportunities.
ELIGIBILITY FOR INTERNSHIP OCI DURING SPRING 2024
Students who will graduate in December 2024 or May 2025 are eligible to participate in OCI for internship positions during the 2023-2024 recruiting season as long as they are currently enrolled in at least one unit (and have not participated in internship or full-time OCI before). Evening & Weekend MBAs must be unemployed prior to beginning an internship.
In order to participate in OCI, you must fulfill a set of requirements. The purpose of these requirements is to ensure consistency in the professional presentation and behavior of our students in the eyes of employers.
Evening & Weekend MBAs
We recommend you work with a coach to discuss your summer internship plans as there are many important considerations for working professionals. As a reminder, Evening & Weekend MBAs must be unemployed prior to beginning an internship. In addition, participation in OCI cycles is a one-time opportunity for all students, and the cycles are to be completed in order of internship OCI then full-time OCI. Evening-Weekend students considering changing their graduation date to accommodate access to an OCI cycle should be aware that participation in a cycle is determined by application to OCI roles, irrespective of whether you received an invite to an interview. If you are unsure as to your eligibility, please email us to schedule a conversation with a member of our team.
We recognize that a student’s recruiting plans and priorities change throughout the OCI process. For that reason, after an application has been submitted, a student maintains the option to either accept or decline an interview invitation. There is a deadline for accepting/declining an invitation. It is your responsibility to respond to the invitation through CMG BEARS.
Once the interview schedule has been finalized there will be no additional changes. Any changes to a finalized schedule will be considered a cancellation. It is important that you note the “Finalized Date” in CMG BEARS to know when the schedule will be finalized. See “Cancellations” for penalties
Remember that missing or canceling an interview will prevent another interested student from interviewing
Missing a scheduled interview can impact your career prospects as well as the employers’ relationship with Haas. This also applies to rescheduling an OCI interview. If you are unable to attend a scheduled interview, please contact [email protected] for guidance before contacting the recruiter to reschedule
GUIDELINES IF YOU FIND YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.
Canceling prior to the schedule is finalized
If you withdraw from an interview schedule prior to the time that it is finalized for the recruiter (as published in CMG BEARS), there is no penalty for canceling. However, as a courtesy we recommend that you send a note of apology to the recruiter.
Canceling or Rescheduling after the schedule is finalized is not acceptable
A warning will be issued for the first offense and additional offenses will result in revocation of your OCI privileges for the duration of the academic term. Please make sure to make an appointment with a CMG Coach or Relationship Manager to talk through your reasons before you make a final decision.
Canceling due to accepting a job offer
Congratulations! Please make sure you report this in CMG BEARS and let us know right away, and we will remove you from any future interview schedules without penalty.
Note: You may not cancel on short notice because you have received a job offer; you must have accepted and reported an offer in CMG BEARS in order to be removed from future interview schedules without penalty
Please make sure to make an appointment with a CMG Coach or Relationship Manager to talk through your reasons before you make a final decision. Once you have reported, please contact [email protected] to ask to be removed from the schedule. Once CMG acknowledges this change, you will also want to email the recruiter to apologize and explain your reasons for removing yourself.
More information on what Haas CMG shares with our recruiting partners can be found on our public website.
In recent years, the Berkeley MBA and joint-degree MBA students adopted a student non-disclosure policy with respect to their grades and academic honors earned while attending the Haas School of Business. The policy calls for students to not disclose grades throughout the entire recruiting process:
- Student is NOT to disclose his/her/their Haas grades or GPA through any medium (i.e., resumes, cover letters, e-mails).
- Student is NOT to verbally or in any other way disclose his/her/their Haas grades or GPA during on-campus interviews (including informational interviews). This policy is officially limited to on-campus recruiting.
- Student agrees to the above points for his/her/their entire tenure as a Haas MBA student.
- Student applying to other academic programs may disclose his/her/their grades.
- Student may request for Haas to release his/her/their transcript after receiving a second-round interview or job offer.
This is a student-initiated policy and is provided as a guideline to our recruiting contacts. Though students are free to agree among themselves not to disclose grades, a nondisclosure policy is not an official policy of the Haas School of Business. The Administration and Faculty believe that grades are an important source of information for employers about potential employees.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the MBAA VP of Careers for the FTMBA Program.
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