Has my job offer been rescinded


I had an interview with a company on November 11th, for a data analyst role. The interview went well, and I was extended an offer on the 16th. The offer, based on my market research, was low. So, I sent the following email on the 17th:

Hi <redacted>,

Thank you for the offer!

I'm very excited about the position and I’m confident that I am the right fit for the team. That said, I'm wondering if we can explore a slightly higher starting salary than <redacted>k. My market research is telling me that this is slightly below the typical starting salary for this type of position, both in New York and Michigan. Is there any wiggle room with regard to that number?

Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts, either by email or phone.

I’m eager to join the team, and I’m very confident that I’ll make a positive impact. I look forward to hearing from you.

Then.....crickets. I finally reached out again today via email, to confirm that they received my email on the 17th, and to see if they needed anything else from me. The response I got was this:

hi Matt - Thanks for the follow-up. We are just really having a hard time making a decision. To be honest, we really liked you , but with no research or true medical experience, we are unwilling to raise the offer at this time. We may go with a different candidate. Thanks,

I immediately called her and got her voicemail. I asked if she could give me a call. I haven't gotten a call yet. It's been a couple hours.

Now, as disappointing to me as the original offer was, I'd be willing to take it. I'm just not sure it's on the table anymore. Should I move on from this? Given what's happened, is there a next step I should take?



You discussed a number with them upfront, they confirmed it was in range, then they lowball you and refuse to negotiate - does not sound like the kind of company you want to be working for. The data job market is very strong for candidates right now - you shouldn't have much trouble finding something better.

Also, unless it was a super close decision, going with a second choice candidate (or lower) to save a relatively small amount on salary seems very short-sighted. Another big red flag.

A counter is a rejection of the original offer

I have been on the other side. To be honest, too many employers have been burnt by resume/interview heroes that don't perform to what their claims were. It is so hard for people to understand the delicate balance happening on our end. It should be the career growth and work-life balance, not money that should be focused on. There is a very big red flag with counters right now because of all the antiwork misconceptions on both sides of the table. Companies that I am aware of are putting offers that are fair not trying for discounts. For context, I hire mid tear, skilled laborers, for the most part with some entry-level.

Good Luck in your endeavors

Also, those who have truly exemplified skills in their profession typically are being reached out to every other week by former colleagues, etc... Keep that in mind.

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