EIP Week will take place virtually from August 1 – 4, 2023.
During Preview, 2L students can submit resumes and transcripts to up to 5 employers in mid-June. Employers will receive application materials from Preview candidates and may conduct interviews before the start of classes on September 5, 2023. Employers should be flexible with their interview dates, especially while students are employed at 1L summer jobs and during EIP.
How can an employer participate in Preview?
To participate in Preview, the employer must be registered for EIP. Registration for EIP, Preview, and EIP resume collections will be open in February.
If an employer has multiple offices, should the employer register for 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 Preview bids?
Students will submit their Preview bids in early to mid-June. Resumes and transcripts will be made available to employers in mid-June.
Are 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.
When may employers interview EIP Preview candidates?
Because candidates have 1L summer jobs, 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 Preview before September 5. But see the next FAQ below.
By when must employers notify candidates of an invitation to interview through Preview?
Employers should notify candidates by July 12 if they will be receiving an interview through Preview.
If an employer has multiple offices, may all offices consider whether to interview a student who submits a Preview application to any one office?
No, only the office to which a student applies through 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.
What if a 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 their internships conclude and before classes begin on September 5.
For how long must an employer hold open an offer made through Preview?
Offers made to students through Preview will remain open for 21 days after the date of the offer letter. For any offer made before the last day of EIP Week, before the offer expires, a student may extend up to two such offers for 14 days after the last day of EIP Week. This applies to all employers, regardless of summer program size.
Employers with anticipated summer programs of fewer than 15 students for a given office may receive a Small Program Exception for that office, reducing the offer period to 14 days after the date of the offer letter.
See our recruiting policies regarding additional details, exceptions and extensions.
If a student does not bid on an employer through 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 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, or other life circumstances. Additionally, not all students will participate in Preview. The students that an employer sees during EIP may very well be students for whom the employer is a top choice.
If an employer does not invite a candidate to interview through Preview, can that candidate bid on the employer for EIP?
Yes. If an employer does not invite a candidate to interview through Preview, that candidate may still bid on the employer for EIP.
If an employer invites a candidate to interview through Preview, can that candidate also bid on the employer for EIP?
No. If an employer invites a candidate to interview through Preview, that candidate may not also bid on the employer for EIP, whether or not that interview has already taken place.
May an employer reject a candidate based on their Preview application materials without conducting an interview?
No. An employer may not reject candidates based on their Preview application materials alone without conducting an interview.
If an employer cannot get to all of its Preview candidates, but wants to see a candidate during EIP, can they tell the candidate?
Yes. Some employers may choose to reach out to candidates they do not invite to interview through Preview to encourage the candidate to bid on them for EIP. Note that interviews for EIP are assigned through a lottery, so a bid by a student will not necessarily result in that candidate receiving an EIP interview.
We have advised students that silence from a 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 Preview?
If an employer does not invite a student to interview through Preview they may either encourage the candidate to bid on them for EIP or they could opt to remain silent. We have advised students that silence from a 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 is through 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 Preview bids on that firm. Employers may not request to see a student’s transcript outside of Preview and EIP.
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 offer letter, or if a student requests, grant an extension to hold the offer open until 14 days after the last day of EIP per our Employer Recruiting Policies. Small program exceptions may apply.