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Old 11-08-2018, 07:46 AM
 
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Here is my story. Three hours after an onsite interview, the recruiter notified me that my interviewers gave me strong recommendations so I got the job. She briefly went through the package and I accepted it over the phone. When I asked her about the official letter, she told me that I have to clear the background check before an official letter can be made, and she will send me an bg check application in next week. Is this normal? I thought the standard process is offer letter -> accept -> background check. I really feel unsecured to cancel other interviews.

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Old 11-08-2018, 09:19 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, here the offer is verbal, contingent upon the background/reference checks. The reason is to avoid the cost of the background check and time calling references without verbal confirmation that the person would accept the pay and benefits being offered. I have never had anyone fail, though, they have always gotten the written offer eventually, usually within a week. Still, I would never cancel other interviews without the written offer.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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Don't cancel any other interviews. Until you have a written job offer, operate under the assumption you don't have a job offer. Don't get attached to any job application.
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Old 11-22-2018, 05:38 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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This just happened with one of my adult kids. After an in-person interview, an afternoon of testing to prove he could do the work, and a drug test, he got a call saying he would get an offer after the background checks were complete.


Maybe it's common now.
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Old Today, 03:44 AM
 
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Don't cancel any other interviews. Until you have a written job offer, operate under the assumption you don't have a job offer. Don't get attached to any job application.
Good advice. I was just offered a job. I know the background check is in progress...upon verbally accepting the job I asked about benefits.....still waiting for the answer. The supervisor that I would be reporting to who extended the job to me did not know what the benefits were for this full time job. Hmmm. Seriously? I requested that HR send me an offer letter spelling out the specifics. Including the hourly rate verbally quoted. This was Tuesday....still waiting. No, I have not resigned from my current job.

Actually, they can drag this out some...I would like to hear back from a different job that i would prefer to have but their wheels turn slowly...i am still receiving rejection letters from employers who never even extended an interview to me. Some of my apps go back to April or May. Hey, i got the hint weeks ago, good thing I have a sense of humor!
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Old Today, 03:03 PM
 
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Background check is complete...
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