How bad can it be if I back out of a signed offer for a better opportunity? What are the future implications i.e blacklisted for all future roles in the company?

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You might have a hard time getting a role there in the future, but they should understand that this is business.
Agencies always act like you should be loyal and stand by your commitments to them, but if the shoe was on the other foot (they lose a client) they’d cut you in an instant.
Besides, if you have success at the other place all it will do is make you more valuable in the general market. If they can’t see that you don’t want to work there anyway.


If they use an ATS you’ll probably get a DNC (do not contact) on your profile. It’s not a great look and the recruiter will probably consider you what I call DTM: Dead To Me.


Not necessarily. I’ve never done that.

It’s not a good look because you’ve wasted the recruiter’s time, the team’s time, and frankly, your own time. Not as bad if it’s a different company that you’re currently at, but if you took a counter at your current company it’s definitely seen as a time waste


Question for you: do you respond to their “I’m so sorry, but I decided to take another offer or stay at my current company because x, y, and z. I’d love to stay in contact though”


I did this once. They were actually very understanding about it. Bummed, but understanding.


You won’t be blacklisted per se and I agree with some of the above it’s business and you need to do what’s best for you and your situation. That said you wouldn’t get hired at that company bc it would be noted in the ats (applicant tracking system). Recruiters also have recruiter friends - meaning it’s a pretty small world and that type of info could be shared through networking. If you are thinking of rescinding the acceptance than likely you weren’t as excited about the opportunity. As a recruiter I would be bummed out about it but id rather have a candidate rescind rather than start and leave in a few short months.


These are all really good points and it’s not just recruiters that share that info with each other but hiring managers talk to former colleagues about potential candidates. It really is a small world

You might not be officially blacklisted, but the hiring team will remember and might not take a chance on you again in the future, wherever company they end up moving to too


Is this the same case for creatives?


Thanks so much for all your comments! Really helpful 😊

I think it's hasty to say rejecting an offer will lead to blacklisting. As long as you're tactful and respectful in turning down an offer, you're good on my book.

Besides, I don't think HR has the moral ascendancy to call out "rejecters." We also reject sales reps when looking for SaaS or software to use. It's just like that. You didn't waste my time; you were just looking at your options and you found out the options I offer weren't good enough.

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