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kerrching Wed 11-Feb-15 22:32:55

Hi all, wondered if you can advise what I can do about the sticky situation I've found myself in. Have been offered a job at, let's call it Company 1. In the time that it's taken from getting the verbal offer by phone and the paperwork arriving (yesterday), I've also been offered another job at, let's call it Company 2.

Company 1 is great and I was really excited about the offer though the salary (after factoring in childcare costs) isn't brilliant but it does offer a lot of other perks. Company 2 is equally great and has a v prestigious reputation and are offering a higher salary and other benefits.

I haven't signed the contract yet for Company 1 as it only arrived yesterday but how do I stand if I was to decline their offer now? Is a verbal acceptance on the phone binding? They have been fantastic and I feel so rubbish at the thought of letting them down with a few days to go before i start but at the same time, the extra money is a big pull when family finances are already tight.

DeliciousMonster Wed 11-Feb-15 22:36:23

I had the same thing this week. I called the manager (10 mins before i was due to go in) and explained what had happened. He said if things change to give him a call.

Be positive, the job sounded great but the other offer was more money and in this climate you have to tke that into considertion blah blah blah.

CurlyWurlyCake Wed 11-Feb-15 22:42:34

I've had this happen a couple of times as the employer.

There is nothing that can be done because nothing is signed, give them a call and let them know so they can continue with the search or they may offer you more money

Normally by offer stage I would have seen half a dozen candidates and deliberated over the best of the best so would, hopefully, have a second candidate available to go to <trying to make you feel better>

Congratulations on two job offers though smile

flowery Thu 12-Feb-15 08:35:11

It's not a problem. Your verbal yes was before you'd seen all the terms and conditions anyway.

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