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  • Candidates reject offer they have already accepted. Is it like that everywhere?

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  • David

    July 16, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this kind of question, but I will try anyway. ​ I own a small IT company in Eastern Europe that develops products and does IT consulting. Right now our government supports the IT sector quite heavily, as a result, there are a lot of companies like mine starting their business and some big players are also slowly coming into town. This is why the labor market is very competitive and candidates usually have a lot of offers they can choose from. ​ We feel quite fine working in these conditions, the only thing we believe we suffer from is the fact that some of the candidates (especially developers) reject the offer after they initially accepted. It usually goes like this: We interview a candidate. In the process of it we ask a candidate what he would like to do, how much would the candidate like to earn, if there are any other specific requests. Based on the requests, we usually send a candidate the offer, which is in 90% of the cases either matches original requests or is better than the candidate asked The candidate accepts the offer and we agree on some specific date when he starts the work. Usually, this is equal or greater than 1 month to allow his current employer to do knowledge transfer In the meantime, we start preparing the scope of work for the candidate. 1-2 weeks before the start date, candidate calls or emails us saying something like: “Sorry, I’ve got another offer I couldn’t refuse and accepted that” Of course, we don’t really want to consider such irresponsible people among our employees, this is why we say “Good luck” and start looking for another candidate For us, this is, of course, a big inconvenience, because we have to move our plans and think about some workarounds for the work that we thought the candidate would do. On the other hand, I do understand and respect the fact that people need to have the ability to choose the best option for them, but I’m very disappointed with the general ethics in the industry. In fact, we know that all of the companies are suffering from such kind of issues, but still, all of them steal candidates from each other mostly by raising the bids. Candidates, on the other hand, can’t refuse this offer and just dump the people who relied on them. In fact, I believe some of them do such a thing several times within a single job change. ​ I’m really interested if there are the same issues as I described in other regions around the word? How do you fight against that to reduce your risks when hiring? submitted by /u/lugovsky [link] [comments]

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