Declining job after signing offer letter

Uber BFF616
May 23 17 Comments

Asking for my fiance. She got a job offer from a decent engineering services/consulting firm (mechanical engineering major). She signed the offer letter and even had a drug test and background check. Now we have got an offer which works for us better personally. We are planning to decline the first one. Now surely they will be unhappy. But can they do anything legally? The second firm will also do a background check, will there be any issue there also? (Like a previous background check showing on record). Would be great to get your inputs as we have until Monday to decide. No difference between comp. But the second one works much much better personally.

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  • Uber BFF616
    OP
    Yep our plan is to take the offer which works personally. But both these firms are sort of old school. Not like tech firms of Bay area like Google, FB, Uber etc. So not sure what the risks etc will be.
    May 23 2
    • Intel VANDERPUMP
      3 times now you've said "works much better personally" which is a peculiar statement to repeat several times over. What the hell does it mean?
      May 23
    • Uber BFF616
      OP
      Location
      May 23
  • Google wgxyeyr
    No issues at all...done this several times
    May 23 2
    • Google esv
      I've done this too. No one cares
      May 23
    • Google Shaktiman’
      can confirm, should be ok
      May 23
  • Tinder trolol
    Nothing illegal, but definitely bad form.
    May 23 0
  • New > >
    Throw away consulting offer and do what is best for you both.
    May 23 0
  • Apple enginear
    You shouldn’t if you high morale , I have done it as I felt it was alright.
    May 23 0
  • Pacific Life Corporation yeti607
    Being a part time recruiter previously at old school firms, this was seen as bad form. But nowadays more than ever I realize you have to protect your own interests. In your situation sounds like you are merely picking the best option given. Companies have costs Onboarding employees, but you do too if they take a job they don’t want. Plus it sounds like your fiancé is pre start date so this isn’t even a big deal IMO
    May 23 1
    • Gusto Lmfao1313
      In my younger days, I’d tend to agree that it was seen as a bad form.

      But after seeing many recruiter ghosting me, even the night before the onsite interviews, I feel fine nowadays ghosting a recruiter or even a company.

      At the end of the day, the company interest is their business, not you.
      May 27
  • LinkedIn stuffy🐷
    Try to be apologetic to the first company so they might just let it go. They can’t do anything legally because the employment is at will.
    May 23 0
  • Uber BFF616
    OP
    There will be a background check from the company where we just got an offer. Will this second company come to know that we had one previous offer which we are now rejecting?
    May 25 1
    • Samsung realsam
      I work in HR. You didn't put this company under her work experience in the application, right? The Background check is to verify employment. But if you didn't put it in the application, they won't be contacting them to verify. Also...even if it did show up, I don't think they will automatically rescind just because you rejected a previously accepted offer.
      May 25
  • Uber BFF616
    OP
    So the industry that she is in is actually a very small and connected one. But we think that the company might understand because it's a personal reason. But let's see ..
    May 25 0
  • Samsung realsam
    Employment at will- you are fine. Be honest- HR is human too and probably can understand or relate. Only risk is that it's a small world...but honestly this stuff happens from time to time. Not a huge deal.
    May 25 0
  • New VFcO68
    Just do it, you are not the first, nor the last. Employment is at will both sides
    May 24 0

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