How bad would I look if I already accepted an offer but no longer want to work for the other company? Thought I wasn't going to get promoted this year but somehow found out I am about to. Current firm will probably match my title and pay and I am having doubts about my decision to leave.

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It will look kinda bad.

Not the most ethical thing to do, but a face-saving way to do it is to lie like a rug and say that you/your SO just found out that you’re newly (and unexpectedly) pregnant, and need to stay whee you are for parental leave.

Or just be honest that your current firm promoted you and have you a raise and you’re so sorry.

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I’d maybe lie…if the only reason you were leaving was the promotion, I’d lie to the new company. I’d say something like thank you so much, I really appreciate the opportunity and was excited about pursuing it but due to personal reason [this is where you lie] I jumped into accepting too early. I deeply apologize for the wasted time on your end and wish you the best in finding someone for the role.

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It’s not good to lie. You can be honest (and make the honesty work in your favor where possible). The labor market is tight so some employers expect this.

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I would be honest about it. I’ve done something similar in the past. A couple of years later when I was ready to make a move, I reached out to the same company and they made another offer. I was honest and apologetic.

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Just be honest. Tell them got a promotion at your current firm and decided to stay. Current employers make offers when a notice is put in all the time and people change their mind about leaving.

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It happens. Do it as gracefully and as quickly as you can. Maybe you can leave door open.

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