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Job Offers: Managing Deadlines

Reneging Part II: How Can I Avoid It?

So now that we’ve covered the downsides of reneging, let’s discuss strategies for prevention.  The key to avoiding a reneging situation is to not accept an offer without carefully thinking it through.  Consider doing the following:

  1. Avoid giving an immediate answer.  Avoid making a decision on the spot.  When the company representative calls with the happy news that they are extending an offer to you, you should thank them, express interest/excitement about the opportunity, and state that you look forward to receiving the formal offer in writing.  You should also ask them what the timeframe by which you need to decide is—so that you know the span of time you are working with. 
  2. Determine if you have enough time to decide.  Is the amount of time the employer allotted your decision making process adequate for you?  Do you want to have ECS review your … 
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Reneging Part I: What’s the Big Deal?

Searching for a job can be hard work.  Once you reach the stage where the offer(s) arrive, you figure “this will be smooth sailing!”  You may think:  “All of my efforts have paid off, and now I can just sit back, relax, and…wait a minute.  I am still waiting on several companies that I interviewed with—and really liked—I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit yet.  Or—what if I don’t get any other offers?  Can I just say “yes” to the offer and change my mind later if something better comes along?” 

Unfortunately, you cannot “just say yes” and then change your mind later.  The practice of accepting a job and then turning it down for another opportunity is called “reneging”—such a practice is highly unethical and not sanctioned by Engineering Career Services.  When you register with ECS, you agree to our policies, one … 

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Job offer acceptance deadlines - why they're there and how to manage them

Congratulations! - You've received your first job offer and, like most offers of employment, it probably has a deadline attached. When making an offer, most employers will give candidates a date by which they must either accept or decline the offer. While the date you've been given can sometimes seem like it's been chosen at random, there are many different reasons for offer expiration dates and usually the employer has given careful consideration to each one.

Top Reasons for Offer Deadlines -


  • Recruiters have a limited number of positions to fill and you were selected to be in their first round of offers. At the same time, they realize that some of their top choices will accept offers from other companies leaving them with positions that still need to be filled - so they need to know early on if you're not interested while there is still time to make … 
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