Job Offer Rescinded: How to Handle A Pulled Job Opportunity

Nothing could be more discouraging than having high expectations for a job that you’ve applied for, gone through multiple rounds of interviews, and eagerly accepted or had interest in taking, only to find out that your prospective employer has withdrawn the offer.

Candidates in a variety of industries have reported employers rescinding job offers during the post-pandemic era. What should you do if your job offer has been withdrawn? We want to help you with next steps.

Understand Why Your Offer Could Be Rescinded

You may be upset or disappointed if your job offer was rescinded. If you live in or intend to move to a state with at-will employment, it’s crucial to recognize during the job search process that a company may pull an offer at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. Reduce your chances of losing a job offer by being proactive. On your resume and during the interview process, be honest and transparent from the start.

Here are a few reasons a company could rescind your offer:

  • You failed a background check/drug test
  • You did not accept the offer in time
  • Company perceives your behavior to be unethical or unprofessional after accepting the offer
  • The position has been eliminated due to changes in the company’s finances


Although companies have the authority to rescind offers, it shouldn’t be for discriminatory reasons. If you believe you may have a case that merits further investigation, get legal counsel.

Get Clarity on Why Your Job Offer Was Rescinded

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the hiring manager to inquire about why your job offer was pulled back. If your offer was rescinded in person, set up a meeting so that you can get a clear explanation and take notes. Attempt to obtain written evidence as well. Respectfully recognize the offer that was withdrawn, and refrain from disparaging the company on social media.

Keep Applying to Jobs

Even though it can be frustrating to restart your job hunt, use the lessons you’ve learned to improve as an applicant the next time around and to show that you’re resilient. Make sure to indicate on platforms like LinkedIn that you are open and actively looking for work. Spend some time reviewing any additional job offers you may have or consider returning to your old job as a boomerang employee.

Now that you’ve experienced a rescinded job offer be sure to have a backup plan in case this scenario happens again. Take precautions before submitting a resignation at your current job or paying for any moving expenses.

Have you ever had a job opportunity that was pulled? What other piece of advice would you give someone who has had a job offer rescinded?

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