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EIP Preview Overview

New this year, HLS is piloting an additional component to EIP called EIP Preview. Employers registered for EIP Week at the Charles Hotel will have the option to also register for EIP Preview. During EIP Preview, 2L students can submit resumes and transcripts to up to 5 employers in mid-June. Employers will receive application materials from EIP Preview candidates on June 22 and may conduct interviews before July 25 and/or between August 3 – September 4. Employers may not schedule EIP Preview interviews during EIP Week (July 27-31).

EIP Preview Basics and Timeline

EIP Preview Basics and Timeline

How can an employer participate in EIP Preview?

To participate in EIP Preview, the employer must be registered for EIP Week. The employer also must fill out an additional registration in CSM Symplicity for EIP Preview. See our EIP Registration page for more information on registering for EIP Week and EIP Preview.

Is there a fee to participate in EIP Preview?

There is no additional fee for EIP Preview, although EIP Preview is only available to employers registered for EIP Week which does have a registration fee.

If an employer has multiple offices, should the employer register for EIP Preview for each office?

This depends on the employer. Employers may choose to register each office individually, so that students would bid and interview separately for each office in which they are interested. Or, an employer can register all offices together, so that they will see a student only once for multiple offices.  To do this, employers should select “include related offices” and then select the “participating offices.” We recommend including a note in the “Request Details” that a student should interview once even if they are interested in multiple offices and that the student should select their top location.

When do students submit their EIP Preview bids?

Students will submit their EIP Preview bids in mid-June.

When will employers receive EIP Preview application materials for the candidates who have bid on them?

Employers will receive EIP Preview application materials for the candidates who have bid on them on June 22.

What materials will employers receive from EIP Preview candidates?

Employers will receive a resume and unofficial transcript from each EIP Preview applicant who bids on them.

Are EIP Preview interviews meant to be screener or callback interviews?

It is up to the individual employer to decide whether to conduct screener or callback interviews, or both.

By when must employers notify candidates of an invitation to interview through EIP Preview?

Employers should notify candidates by July 10 if they will be receiving an interview through EIP Preview.

If an employer has multiple offices, may all offices consider whether to interview a student who submits an EIP Preview application to any one office?

No, only the office to which a student applies through EIP Preview may review and consider that candidate’s application materials prior to EIP Week unless the employer has registered as a “no multiple interviews” employer who will consider candidates only once for all offices.

When may employers interview EIP Preview candidates?

Because candidates have 1L summer jobs, EIP Preview interviews should be conducted outside of normal business hours, such as on evenings and weekends. To maximize candidates’ ability to attend interviews, employers should offer remote interviewing, including telephone and videoconference interviewing.

It is HLS policy that students should honor their commitments to their summer employers and prioritize those jobs over interviews. Therefore, a student’s inability or reluctance to schedule an interview during business hours should not be held against the candidate and our expectation is that employers will make their best effort to find a mutually agreeable time to interview the student.

Employers should interview candidates selected through EIP Preview prior to July 25 or between August 3 – September 4. EIP Preview interviews cannot take place during EIP Week (July 27 – 31).

What if an EIP Preview candidate is not located in the same city as the employer?

Many candidates will be in a different location for their 1L summer, including some who will be overseas. Employers should offer remote interviewing for candidates not located in the same city, or who cannot otherwise take enough time off from work to attend an interview in-person.

It is HLS policy that students should honor their commitments to their summer jobs and prioritize those jobs over interviews. Therefore, a student’s inability or reluctance to schedule an interview during business hours should not be held against the candidate and our expectation is that employers will make their best effort to find a mutually agreeable time to interview the student.

Employers also may interview those candidates after EIP Week, between August 3-September 4.

For how long must an employer hold open an offer made through EIP Preview?

Offers made to students through EIP Preview will remain open for 21 days after the date of the offer letter, or 21 days after the last day of EIP Week, whichever is later.

Employers with anticipated summer programs of fewer than 10 students for a given office may receive an exception, reducing the offer period to 14 days after the date of the offer letter, or 14 days after the last day of EIP Week, whichever is later. See our recruiting policies regarding exceptions.

 

EIP Preview Logistics and Interviewing

EIP Preview Logistics and Interviewing

If a student does not bid on an employer through EIP Preview, does that mean the employer is not a top choice for that student?

No, it does not. There are many factors that may influence a student’s EIP Preview bids, including the location of their 1L summer job, their 1L summer job obligations, an interest in multiple markets, a preference to meet with employers during EIP Week, or other life circumstances. Additionally, not all students will participate in EIP Preview. The students that an employer sees during EIP Week may very well be students for whom the employer is a top choice.

If an employer does not invite a candidate to interview through EIP Preview, can that candidate bid on the employer for EIP Week?

Yes. If an employer does not invite a candidate to interview through EIP Preview, that candidate may still bid on the employer for EIP Week.

If an employer invites a candidate to interview through EIP Preview, can that candidate also bid on the employer for EIP Week?

No. If an employer invites a candidate to interview through EIP Preview, that candidate may not also bid on the employer for EIP week, whether or not that interview has already taken place.

May an employer reject a candidate based on their EIP Preview application materials without conducting an interview?

No. An employer may not reject candidates based on their EIP Preview application materials alone without conducting an interview.

If an employer cannot get to all of its EIP Preview candidates, but wants to see a candidate during EIP Week, can they tell the candidate?

Yes. Some employers may choose to reach out to candidates they do not invite to interview through EIP Preview to encourage the candidate to bid on them for EIP Week.Note that interviews for EIP Week are assigned through a lottery, so a bid by a student will not necessarily result in that candidate receiving an EIP Week interview.

We have advised students that silence from an EIP Preview employer signals that either the firm is not interested or the candidate is not among the firm’s top candidates.

What if an employer does not invite a student to interview through EIP Preview?

If an employer does not invite a student to interview through EIP Preview they may either encourage the candidate to bid on them for EIP Week or they could opt to remain silent. We have advised students that silence from an EIP Preview employer signals that either the firm is not interested or the candidate is not among the firm’s top candidates.

If an employer interviews a student for a 1L summer position but declines to extend an offer or the student chooses to work for another employer for 1L summer, may the employer “fast track” that student for a 2L summer position?

The only way to interview HLS students prior to EIP Week is through EIP Preview per our Employer Recruiting Policies. If an employer hopes to “fast track” a student for a 2L summer position, they should encourage the student to use one of their EIP Preview bids on that firm. Employers may not request to see a student’s transcript outside of EIP Preview and EIP Week.

If an employer interviews a student for a 1L summer position but declines to extend an offer for 1L summer, may the employer extend an offer for a 2L summer position?

An employer may extend a 2L summer associate offer to a candidate interviewed for a 1L summer position based on that student’s 1L application materials and interview, but must leave that offer open until 21 days after the last day of EIP Week per our Employer Recruiting Policies.

How will Harvard Law Review Orientation affect students’ abilities to schedule callbacks?

Students who are selected for Harvard Law Review will need to attend an orientation the first week of August, and will therefore be unavailable for callbacks that week. We hope and anticipate that employers will accommodating to this commitment in scheduling callback interviews for these students.

 

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