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Five unexpected ways you can screw up a job offer

An offer of employment isn’t always a done deal — these mistakes can leave applicants empty-handed


Wowing the hiring manager may lead to a job offer — but certain things you do (or don’t do) could endanger it.


A Cincinnati woman learned that the hard way. After signing a petition, an offer she received to return to her former employer, Ohio-based insurance company Western & Southern Financial Group, was rescinded. As the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, the petition was in support of a homeless shelter in an ongoing dispute with the company. The woman ultimately sued Western & Southern, and, last Thursday, a U.S. appeals court overturned a previous ruling that dismissed the suit, giving her another chance to have her case heard.


‘If you put a bumper sticker on your car in support of a political candidate, the employer could use that for or against you.’


Western & Southern told MarketWatch that the company had “not yet had the opportunity to present all of the facts as they actually occurred” and said it disagreed with the appeals court’s decision. “Her employment offer was withdrawn because she publicly took a position that was in opposition to our organization and its business interests,” David Nevers, Western & Southern’s director of communications, said in the statement. (The woman in the case was not immediately available for comment.)


This case, however unfortunate, is a timely reminder of the many ways that job applicants can fall out with prospective employers, even after they received an offer. And job seekers looking to hold onto those offers — and to circumvent legal proceedings — should be aware of some equally surprising ways they could come a cropper.


Over-sharing about personal matters


Most people know they should clean up their Twitter and Facebook accounts. But there are other ways they can overshare that could spook an employer. A job applicant’s inclination may be to forewarn their soon-to-be employer about potential conflicts such as needing to pick a child up from daycare on certain days before the official workday is over or about medical issues that need certain accommodations, but raising these matters too soon could be a mistake.


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