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How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

Let's say, a candidate received my email a job offer from a company, he replied yes, so the company proceeded to prepare the contract. Then a few days later, the candidate changed his mind and told the company that unfortunately he could not accept due to unexpected xxx yyy reasons and please there is no longer need to send the contract to be signed.

I guess there is no real legal consequences, as there is no contract that has been signed. But, is it really really bad for the reputation of the candidate for his future career perspective?

Another related question might be: usually does a company turn down other candidates if the job offer has been accepted (orally or by email) by the top candidate, or they will wait that the contract is signed? If it is the latter, then maybe the behavior of a candidate changing mind is a bit less"bad", as there is no much harm to the company's recruitment process (they can anyway immediately offer to the 2nd candidate)?
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Old 18.11.2019, 19:26
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Let's say, a candidate received my email a job offer from a company, he replied yes, so the company proceeded to prepare the contract. Then a few days later, the candidate changed his mind and told the company that unfortunately he could not accept due to unexpected xxx yyy reasons and please there is no longer need to send the contract to be signed.

I guess there is no real legal consequences, as there is no contract that has been signed. But, is it really really bad for the reputation of the candidate for his future career perspective?

Another related question might be: usually does a company turn down other candidates if the job offer has been accepted (orally or by email) by the top candidate, or they will wait that the contract is signed? If it is the latter, then maybe the behavior of a candidate changing mind is a bit less"bad", as there is no much harm to the company's recruitment process (they can anyway immediately offer to the 2nd candidate)?
The deal is done when the contract is signed. After all, there could also be things in the contract you wouldn't like but can't be changed as they are standard for the company.

However, why this question? Would you seriously consider taking on a job which you realized you don't want for the reason of .... it looking better?
Really?
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Old 18.11.2019, 19:58
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

The main consequence is this: you will essentially blacklist yourself from that company in the future.
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Old 18.11.2019, 20:29
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

It's not too bad and happens all the time. From a company's perspective, it's better than you leaving during your first year.
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Old 19.11.2019, 13:01
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

I think I was the second in line for my current job. I need to get my manager more drunk to tell me the whole story

I would not worry about being blacklisted or whatever. Companies are not resentful individuals. Nothing's personal, it's all business.

The HR person would be quite incompetent to dismiss other candidates before getting a contract signed. There's a reason why they say "well call you later", and it takes 3 months, probably some iterations until the hiring gets done.
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Old 19.11.2019, 13:03
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

You might get blacklisted, but likely only with this exact HR person and Manager. Especially when it's one of the multinationals, chances are that this person can simply apply again through the automated job application system (Taleo et al.) and be hired again if found suitable for the job.
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Old 19.11.2019, 21:38
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

When I started working in Switzerland, there was a seven day no-notice probationary period. The guy who was supposed to start the same day I did exercised this by not showing up.
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

If this is an internal recruiter and they are doing their job, they have second and third option lined up.

You can walk away without much consequences except the recruiter and hiring manager being annoyed - the sooner you tell them the best though so they don't wait weeks after sending the contract to find this out.

If however you were presented by a headhunter, it has more repercussions in terms of being presented for other jobs.

Why don't you want the job anymore anyway?
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

once, one candidate did not show up on her starting day.
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Old 20.11.2019, 11:01
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If however you were presented by a headhunter, it has more repercussions in terms of being presented for other jobs.
Not in my experience. They'll go on at the time that you'll never work again and you'll be blacklisted... but as soon as they think they have a chance of making money by placing you, all will be forgiven.

Headhunters care even less than employers.
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

Why would you be blacklisted? Sadly, hardly any multi national company expects loyalty and dedication anymore. It's just simply no longer part of the game. If you are in the job market, they can reasonably expect that you might be receiving other offers simultaneously and can change your mind. Due to the ultra dynamic market, they will easily find someone else to offer the job to quite quickly.
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Old 22.11.2019, 22:28
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

Heck, companies sometimes even re-hire people who left a bad impression on one team to join a different one after they left the first. I know of one case where a chap kept leaving and coming back if his promotions were not coming as fast as he liked. Having worked with him myself, I am surprised he ever got anywhere in the first place but he just knew who to latch on to to get ahead. Talked a lot but not the hardest worker...
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Re: How bad it is to decline a job offer initially accepted?

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Let's say, a candidate received my email a job offer from a company, he replied yes, so the company proceeded to prepare the contract. Then a few days later, the candidate changed his mind and told the company that unfortunately he could not accept due to unexpected xxx yyy reasons and please there is no longer need to send the contract to be signed.

I guess there is no real legal consequences, as there is no contract that has been signed. But, is it really really bad for the reputation of the candidate for his future career perspective?

Another related question might be: usually does a company turn down other candidates if the job offer has been accepted (orally or by email) by the top candidate, or they will wait that the contract is signed? If it is the latter, then maybe the behavior of a candidate changing mind is a bit less"bad", as there is no much harm to the company's recruitment process (they can anyway immediately offer to the 2nd candidate)?
Trust me, candidate retracting job offer agreement is common. Experienced HR know this and get used to this. Don't take this seriously.

Of course, this is a bad thing to do, but this is life. Few people would keep their words rather than accepting a better paying offer. As to consequence, the candidate is very likely to be blacklisted by the company.
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Trust me, candidate retracting job offer agreement is common. Experienced HR know this and get used to this. Don't take this seriously.

Of course, this is a bad thing to do, but this is life. Few people would keep their words rather than accepting a better paying offer. As to consequence, the candidate is very likely to be blacklisted by the company.
Let's be clear, it is also daily practice for employers to fire employees because they want a job filled with somebody who performs at a higher level.

All of this is not about keeping or breaking your word. It's just business, nothing personal.

If the job offer agreement legally allows an exit prior to joining there is absolutely NO issue. I'm saying this as somebody fairly high up in the tree but still with a bit of a socialist heart: nowadays you need to smile and act professionally but at the same time treat (large, ruthless) employers with utter contempt. It's how they will also treat you when it suits them.
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