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More than a quarter reject new job offers after initially accepting them

May 15, 2019

More than a quarter, 28%, of workers in the US have backed out of a job offer after initially accepting it, according to a survey by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).

Reasons for backing out included:

  • 44% received a better offer from another company
  • 27% received a convincing counteroffer from their current employer
  • 19% heard bad things about the company after accepting

“Having cold feet is understandable; ghosting an employer is unacceptable,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. “Even though it may seem easier to avoid an awkward situation, transparency is always the best policy during a job search.”

The cities where this most commonly happens include San Diego, California; San Francisco; Chicago; Houston; Austin, Texas; and Miami.

Robert Half’s survey included responses from more than 2,800 workers in 28 major US cities.


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