First time posting, but I've kept myself awake for about an hour now and I have to ask...
What is your experience with a verbal job offer from HR?
The reason I'm asking is because I went to my first nursing interview last week and was told that I got the job (Yay!!!) and would get a phone call from HR this coming week. I graduate in May and applied for a few new grad positions so far, but this is the only one I've heard back from. The thing is... it's really far away and I've got feelers out at a hospital near to me. All of my family says that I should just take the job at the place I interviewed, and then just keep looking up closer to me and if I get a job offer nearer to where I live, to call the first hospital and say that I can't take the job anymore. The only thing I'm worried about is if this is considered a breech of contract or is it kind of more common? I wouldn't even be able to start working until July, anyway, because I have to take my NCLEX and all that. I just don't want to turn this down, just in case I don't get a job in my area.
What should I do?
Apr 9, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Second, don't quit the job search until you have received--and agree to (i.e., sign)--the official offer from HR. Verbal offers are sometimes worth the paper they're printed on, and you can find several threads here at AN from posters who got a verbal offer that never panned out into a job.
Third, if you do get a job in your area, you can turn them down with any problems as long as you haven't signed a contract. All the acceptance letter means is that you've accepted a job offer, and either you or the employer may have a change of heart about the job. If you've signed a contract you could still break it, but there could be fallout from that you may have to deal with (e.g., repaying any bonuses, tagged Do Not Rehire, etc.).
Last edit by Meriwhen on Apr 9, '12
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