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I was reached out to about a role that I was interested in pursuing but the recruiter said their base was 30k-40k lower than my range. However, recruiter came back 2 weeks later and said they can make it work and is interested in setting me up for interviews. In the mean time within those 2 weeks, I ended up accepting a role and started the new job. I would have taken the first job but don’t want to renege. What do I tell the first company so doors are left open for future if needs arise?

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Just tell the recruiter the truth - that after their initial guidance that the salary range was so much lower, you accepted another offer, but you would have held off if you had known there was flexibility since they were your first choice and you would love to keep in touch in case there's a future opportunity to potentially join that team. They'll understand - you're not the first candidate that they didn't get because of timing.

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