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Dear Theo, can you decline an offer once accepted ?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by heloise.ganesh, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I got an interview lined up next week to start my NQT year in September and I would like to know if they offer me the job and that I accept but that I later got a better offer can I then turned it down ? what about if I have already signed a contract, can I still turned it down ?
    Many thanks for the advice

     
  2. Hi,
    I got an interview lined up next week to start my NQT year in September and I would like to know if they offer me the job and that I accept but that I later got a better offer can I then turned it down ? what about if I have already signed a contract, can I still turned it down ?
    Many thanks for the advice

     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    If you accept an offer it is a verbally binding agreement, after all you'd be devastated if after having offered you a job the school turned round a couple of days later & said 'Sorry we don't want you anymore, we've found a better candidate!'
    Even more so if you'd signed a contract.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    If, if you are lucky enough to be offered a job and accept, you should not go to other job interviews. You should immediately withdraw, not go looking for a better offer.
    If you do what you are enquiring about, you may be sued for breach of contract (unlikely, but possible), or asked to pay for the cost of advertisng a replacement. you will very likely be blacklisted in that area for any future jobs.
    And it is not unknown for the second school to withdraw their offer, on the grounds that you falsely led them to believe that you were available to accept their offer when you were contracted (even if only verbally) to another school.
    So you end up with no job.
    Come on, you know really that you can't do this!

    http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/317272.aspx?PageIndex=1#6042874

    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!

     

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