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Old 07-18-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: California
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Not necessarily, especially in this economy.

They could have simply called up their runner-up candidate and offered them the job in that elapsed 10 minutes.
I have done this. You often have your top candidate and a runner up. Things happen and sometimes the first choice is no longer available when it is time to make an offer. So, OP declined, they called someone who answered their phone (there are those who publicize that they don't) and accepted. Likely because they had a calculator on the desk in front of them.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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I have done this. You often have your top candidate and a runner up. Things happen and sometimes the first choice is no longer available when it is time to make an offer. So, OP declined, they called someone who answered their phone (there are those who publicize that they don't) and accepted. Likely because they had a calculator on the desk in front of them.
thanks, you work in HR?
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Especially in this economy there are probably a few finalists. You were one of their choices, said no, so they moved onto the next person who took it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:34 PM
 
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An important lesson here. It's never a bad idea to ask if you can have time to consider the offer - even if just an hour. One can always say "I'm really excited about the offer and I'm practically certain I'll accept it. I just need a bit of time to think with a clear head (or talk to my spouse) to confirm my decision. Do you mind if I call you back within the hour?" They can always say no, of course, that they need an immediate decision. Never hurts to ask.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I declined a job offered, but changed my mind. called 10 minutes after, was told they offer it to someone else. is that legal?

thanks
Sure. You're allowed to decline a job.
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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An important lesson here. It's never a bad idea to ask if you can have time to consider the offer - even if just an hour. One can always say "I'm really excited about the offer and I'm practically certain I'll accept it. I just need a bit of time to think with a clear head (or talk to my spouse) to confirm my decision. Do you mind if I call you back within the hour?" They can always say no, of course, that they need an immediate decision. Never hurts to ask.
^^^^this^^^^

Why in the world would you not ask for some time to consider it? I think employer's expect people to ask for some time before accepting or declining.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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An important lesson here. It's never a bad idea to ask if you can have time to consider the offer - even if just an hour. One can always say "I'm really excited about the offer and I'm practically certain I'll accept it. I just need a bit of time to think with a clear head (or talk to my spouse) to confirm my decision. Do you mind if I call you back within the hour?" They can always say no, of course, that they need an immediate decision. Never hurts to ask.

Thanks for the advise.
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Old 07-20-2012, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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thanks. I will keep that in mind. I'm not used to getting the hourly based salary, my current is annual based, and i have been at my job for 4 yrs, just started looking. thanks
You never sat down and figured out your monthly/hourly pay based on year and hours worked?

$80,000/yr sounds pretty good until you find it requires 70+ hours a week working.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:43 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I declined a job offered, but changed my mind. called 10 minutes after, was told they offer it to someone else. is that legal?

thanks
YES.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:18 AM
 
Location: USA
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^^^^this^^^^

Why in the world would you not ask for some time to consider it? I think employer's expect people to ask for some time before accepting or declining.

I agree.
It would be reasonable to get back to them the next day.
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