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No Show Policy

Avoid your Handshake account access from being blocked by fulfilling all scheduled obligations to employers.

On-Campus Interviews

An on-campus interview “No Show” is defined as someone who submits a resume expressing interest in an on-campus interview and is accepted by an employer for an interview but:

  • declines the interview invitation for any reason other than having already secured employment
  • simply does not sign up for a scheduled interview time
  • cancels the interview after signing up for a scheduled interview time in less than 48 hours prior to the interview
  • does not report to the interview.

Penalty for On-Campus Interview No Show
A student/alum may decline an interview invitation (if having already secured employment) or may cancel an interview without incurring a no-show penalty if they email the employer a letter of apology and explanation at least 48 hours prior to the interview date. If declining an interview invitation due to having already secured employment, the student/alum must also complete the Career Center's Annual Graduation Survey online to report their hire. In both cases, when you send your apology and explanation to the employer, please also copy Career Center recruiting coordinator, Barbie Smrekar, at smrekar@mailbox.sc.edu.


Mock Interviews, Externships and Etiquette Dinners

Mock Interviews

A mock interview "No Show" is defined as someone who signs up for a mock interview with a Career Center staff member or employer volunteer but does one or both of the following:

  • cancels the mock interview after signing up for a scheduled interview time in less than 48 hours prior to the interview
  • does not report to the mock interview.

Pathway to Professions (Externship)

A Pathways to Professions (externship) “No Show” is defined as someone who signs up for an externship opportunity but does one or both of the following:

  • cancels the externship after signing up in less than 48 hours prior to the externship
  • does not report to the externship

Etiquette Dinners

An Etiquette Dinner “No Show” is defined as someone who registers for an etiquette dinner but does one or both of the following:

  • cancels later than noon on the day of the event
  • does not report to the scheduled event

Penalties for Mock Interview, Externship and Etiquette Dinner No Shows

First Violation
Students/alumni will be given 24 hours following the scheduled "event" (on-campus interview, mock-interview, externship) date to write a letter of apology and explanation to the employer/mock interviewer as appropriate. Students/Alumni must email this directly to the employer/mock interviewer using the subject line “letter of apology/explanation” and must copy Career Center recruiting coordinator, Barbie Smrekar, at smrekar@mailbox.sc.edu.

If preferred, students/alumni can submit two copies of this letter to the recruiting coordinator in the Career Center with a stamped envelope that is addressed to the employer/mentor/mock interviewer contact. If no letter has been written within 24 hours, the student/alumni Handshake account access will be blocked until the letter is provided. A visible no show label will also be applied to the student/alumni account (viewable to students and staff only - not employers) until the letter has been provided.

Second Violation
The student/alumni Handshake account will be set to “archived” status for the remainder of the academic year. If a student/alumni Handshake account is set to archived status, the student will not be permitted to participate in any previously scheduled or upcoming on-campus interviews, mock interviews or externships until the account is returned to active status.