What To Do When A Job Offer is Put On Hold

Did you get a job offer from your dream company? Congratulations! You are a step closer to your dream career and have a paying job that can help you with your bills.

But, what should you do when your job offer is put on hold? Do you look for another job or wait until the job offer proceeds? If you find yourself in this situation, here are the things you should do:

Don’t Panic

If a job offer is put on hold, don’t panic and think they second-guess your qualifications.

There are many reasons why companies put job offers on hold, and it could be because they went bankrupt, under new leadership or need more time to set everything up before you can join the team.

Give the company time to sort their side and remember that you already passed all their tests to qualify for the position.

Try To Know What Caused The Holdup

When there is a job hold, it is best to find out why it occurred. Sometimes, a job offer hold can mean that something is happening in the company that may put its future in question.

Follow up with HR to learn what had caused the holdup and whether you can meet the person who ordered it so you can discuss with them why you are a perfect fit for the team despite the hiring holdup.

Continue With Your Job Search

Some job seekers will stop their job search once they have a job offer. However, if the current job offer is on hold, it is best to continue searching for jobs, so you are ready to take on another job offer should the one on hold never push through.

If you get another job offer while the other job is on hold, let the company know that you have received another offer. It may also lead to the company reconsidering its decision and finalising its offer.

Try Part-Time Or Contract Work

You can also reach out to the company to let them know that you are willing to work for them as a temporary hire or a contractor until they are ready to finalise the offer.

While this has pros and cons, it can show the company that you are willing to work for them because you genuinely want to be a part of their team.

Plan What To Do Next

If the company offers you a job but puts it on hold without any prior communication, it is best to consider other options available. When this happens, it is best to have a plan B ready for you to use to get the job you are looking for.

It can be a stressful experience if the job offer you think is the “one” gets put on hold. However, while you wait, it is best to use your time wisely and create a fallback plan if it does not push through. While it is ok to wait, you should have a limit as to how much you can wait. Remember, your time is precious too.

Searching for the right job? Don’t fret and check out these helpful tips:
The Best Way to Job Search When You Are Employed
6 Secrets for Searching for a Job During a Recession
How Do I Know If I Did Well On My Job Interview

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. newwhitebear says:

    It seems clear to me that a pending job offer is a non-offer. What would I do? I evaluate if I should wait for the situation to unblock. If the evaluation is negative, I give up on the offer and start looking for something else.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      I will keep my eyes open up for new opportunities while keep my ears on the ground in case, the job is available again.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. That’s exactly where I am right now, it’s so frustrating!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Big hugs! I hope you will get over this situation soon.


  3. You have such wisdom. 🌹


  4. msw blog says:

    Learning the cause of the holdup is important, and how the company responds can tell you a lot about the company.

    Liked by 1 person

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