Career advice desperately needed – conditional offers?

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you resign your current role if you only had a conditional offer?
    Yes, this is common practice : (12 votes)
    48 %
    Get extension on start date for background checks to be complete and still give 2 weeks' notice : (4 votes)
    16 %
    I wouldn't tell but I'd wait to resign until the checks are complete and only give a week notice : (7 votes)
    28 %
    Other (please specify) : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would go ahead, personally. Assuming there really is absolutely nothing to worry about…most job offers ARE conditional, bc (typically) they haven’t completed everything by the time you get the offer, and in theory anything could still come up. For example, my current job hadn’t finished calling my references yet.

    Post # 3
    Member
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think it’s odd that they’re telling you when to resign. That would annoy me.

    I’m sure most of the written, firm offers I got were actually more conditional, now that I’m thinking about it.  I think it’s probably safe to go ahead and resign now.

    Post # 4
    Member
    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

    Ooo, I’d be hesitant. Honestly I know I would not resign yet until I had a firm offer in hand. I had the same thing happen once and the person doing the checks lagged and it took almost 2 months to get the written offer then another week before starting. 

    Can you just be honest with the person requesting you resigning, telling them “as much as you would love to, you just don’t feel comfortable resigning without the written offer in hand and signed”? That might speed things up. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    461 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    As long as there’s nothing in your background that would be an issue, I would go ahead and put in a resignation. As a hiring manager, I always extended firm but conditional offers, because our company drug tested AFTER I decided who to hire. (And yep….occasionally that drug test revoked the offer….). Companies just have to cover their own butts, too.

     

    I think you’ll be safe. Congrats on your new position at your dream company!

    Post # 6
    Member
    127 posts
    Blushing bee

    somethingblue04:  there’s two ways to look at it.  If you don’t depend on your income then I would resign now, but if you do depend on income, tell them you want to wait until everything has been cleared and papers have been signed.  I have had multiple friends resign and they don’t end up getting the job for one reason or another.  It’s basically protecting you

    Post # 8
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    6691 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I have been through this three times and each time the HR person tried to get me to resign at my current company before my background check went through. They do this because they want your start date to be ASAP and nto have to rush the checks on their end. In this scenario they are the only winners while you are making a big sacrifice.

    I never agreed to it. I said “once the checks go through I will resign. Then I will start two weeks after that”. Honestly at this point you can demand that they wait because the offer is out to you and they won’t take it back just because you insist on starting a week later than they want you to. And if you try to not give your company a full two weeks notice they will dock you for pay and you might burn bridges. I would call the HR person back and just say that you will resign officially once the checks go through and the offer is no longer conditional.

    Post # 9
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    716 posts
    Busy bee

    With respect to reference checks, I would definitely ask them to let you know after they have satisfactorily completed those and not give notice before that point in time.

    With respect to background and credit checks, to be honest, I’m not sure that these are always completed before you officially start and I would assume that all is fine unless there is something to worry about.

    Employment at will is inherently conditional.

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