4 reasons why your job offer disappeared into thin air

Scoring a job — only to hear that the offer is no longer on the table — can be pretty painful. But while taking back a job offer might have legal ramifications for the employer, here are some reasons it could happen to you.

1. You didn’t tell the truth — and the employer called your bluff

Some job seekers actually do this.

Tony Lee, vice president of editorial at the Society for Human Resource Management, explained to the New York Post how dishonest candidates come across to employers:

“You may feel like you’re giving yourself an advantage by exaggerating things or outright lying, [but] that’s always going to come back to haunt you. It’s never a good idea [to lie] … Uncovering anything that makes you look dishonest [means] you’re finished.”

2. You aren’t needed at the company anymore

Mimi Moore, a partner in the labor and employment group at Bryan Cave LLP, spoke with CIO.com about employers changing course after an offer is made:

“Typically, job offers get rescinded in situations where employers, for one reason or another, do not have the need for a job that they predicted they’d have when they first offered the job to a candidate. A typical situation is an employer interviewing on a college campus, extending offers to college grads. By the time the college grad is supposed to start working, whether that is over the summer or in the fall, the employer no longer needs them because of either a downturn in their business or in the general economy.”

3. You keep on pushing for more

This doesn’t look good. A blog post by professional staffing company Robert Half details errors that can compromise a job offer, with one of them being that “you don’t quit while you’re ahead:”

“If you’ve gone back and forth with the employer on compensation, perks and vacation time, and you end up with all of your requests met, don’t keep pushing for more just to see what else you might be able to squeeze out. Greediness is not a trait employers seek or admire in new hires. Candidates create problems for themselves when they overestimate the leverage they have or a busy hiring manager’s patience for playing games.”

4. You have a radical personality shift — in a bad way

FlexJobs Content Manager Jessica Howington writes on the site that one way to get a job offer taken off the table is to “lose your professionalism:”

“During all communications with the employer, it is best to remain professional and consistent. If, however, you show the employer another personality once you get a job offer, you will quickly find yourself with the offer being retracted.”

This article was first published on February 2, 2018.