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Losing a Job Offer in Ten Easy Steps


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You got the job offer! Congratulations! Brilliant! Awesome! Between the job offer and the start date there are still ten ways you could lose that offer. Be careful, prepared and professional and here is what NOT to do.

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Losing a Job Offer in Ten Easy Steps

  1. 1. Losing a Job Offer in Ten Easy Steps
  2. 2. You got the job offer! Congratulations!
  3. 3. Remember, between the job offer and the start date there are still ways you could lose it.
  4. 4. Be careful, prepared and professional. Here are 10 things NOT to do.
  5. 5. Skip the Thank You1
  6. 6. Don’t forget a thank you for the last round of interviews before the offer is extended.
  7. 7. 86% of talent acquisition specialists and hiring managers say failing to send a thank you note shows a lack of follow-through.
  8. 8. Have Questionable Manners2
  9. 9. Make sure your table manners are up to speed for dinner or lunch interviews.
  10. 10. Practice with someone who knows the right fork to use and the right conversation to have during the meal.
  11. 11. Lie on Your Resume3
  12. 12. There is no excuse for lying on your resume.
  13. 13. Don’t do it. You will definitely lose the job offer.
  14. 14. Fail the Background Check4
  15. 15. Be honest and forthcoming about anything that may come up.
  16. 16. Address any possible revelations before the background check is conducted.
  17. 17. Fail the Drug Test5
  18. 18. With the legalization of marijuana in select states this issue has become a cloudy one.
  19. 19. Don’t take a chance that a company may follow federal guidelines.
  20. 20. Bad References6
  21. 21. Manage your references to avoid this issue.
  22. 22. Check that EVERY reference is willing to give you a POSITIVE reference.
  23. 23. Not Responding7
  24. 24. If a job offer is extended, let them know that you are excited and need a day or two to think it over.
  25. 25. Overly Greedy Negotiations8
  26. 26. If the job offer is in the range you expressed to the client initially, negotiating for more isn’t in good faith.
  27. 27. Going Social in Your Decision Making 9
  28. 28. HR and hiring managers often google candidates.
  29. 29. Don’t light up social media with your friends looking for input about their company and your job offer.
  30. 30. Taking Too Long to Decide10
  31. 31. It may not be reasonable for an employer to demand an immediate response, but don’t take too long to make your decision.
  32. 32. Ready to Start Your Job Search? Contact Jacqueline Paige, Partner 203-319-4310 Or email: