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I was offered a job in healthcare for $X + benefits. The pay is less when compared to my current job, but I wanted to move to be closer to family. I didn't want to leave money on the table so I made a counter offer to increase the pay stating that it was due to a high cost of living in the new city and my current salary.

They then rescinded their offer saying they can't meet the counter offer.

Is there a way I can accept their previous offer or is it now unlikely that I will be reconsidered?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Chad, jmort253 Feb 19 '14 at 18:18

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Did you present the negotiation as an ultimatum? (e.g. "I will not accept any offer less than $X") What was their explanation (if any) behind rescinding the offer? (e.g. "We are rescinding the offer because we cannot match your salary") Are you willing to work at the salary of the initial offer? Do you have other prospects you are talking with, or was this your only chance? As-is, it's a bit unclear what you're trying to accomplish given the situation, or what the actual cause of the problem was. Could you clarify and/or edit your question to bring it in line with the help center? Thanks! – jmac Feb 19 '14 at 5:41
That is a risk you take when you counter. If you came back to me I would reduce the offer 5-10% if I was still interested at all. – Chad Feb 19 '14 at 17:58

An employer that wants to fill a position normally wouldn't rescind an offer. My guess is either:

  • They had already another candidate to fill it, and have extended an offer to someone else instead.
  • Your counteroffer was so unreasonable that they would rather continue interviewing more candidates rather than work with you.

Either way, it's probably time for you to move on.

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@JoeStrazzere You are right, they may, but they usually don't. Even if they had another candidate lined up and ready to go, they clearly thought yesterday that you were the best person for the job at the salary they offered. Unless the conversation around the offer clearly raised a red in some way, today shouldn't be any different. On the other hand, some companies see any sign that you might disagree with them as a red flag. And some just play mind games. – DJClayworth Feb 19 '14 at 15:55
"I tend not to like to hire folks that I believe would jump ship for a few bucks more." You mean rational people looking out for themselves and capable of analyzing what they are worth in a marketplace? Yeah, who would want those kinds of people on their team... – Mr. F Feb 19 '14 at 18:48
@EMS There is an interesting point here. If the counter offer was, say, 20% higher than what they expected to pay, then they might reasonably conclude that the candidate would not be content in the pay range that they are able to offer. It isn't irrational or backward to be reluctant to hire someone that is likely to be unsatisfied from day one. – Eric Wilson Feb 19 '14 at 20:16

If they rescinded the original offer, I think that negotiations are done, they have moved on. Somehow your request has convinced them that they would rather not have you work for them at all.

I wouldn't have expected this response. Depending on the relationships that you have built during the interview process, you might be able to ask why they have made such a drastic change of course, expressing that you thought that the counter-offer was a normal part of the negotiating process.

But whether that opportunity is there or not, you need to move on. Begging for the original offer at this point will not likely succeed.

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If the employer rescinded merely because you tried to negotiate then you have dodged a bullet.

Continue your job search and you will find a place to work that satisfies your location preferences as well as pay preferences. Even if you were able to join this firm under the original offer, you are immediately walking into a situation of total fealty -- they know up-front that they do not have to provide a fair wage to you and that they can simply deny your attempts to negotiate in the future with high probability that you'll just accept whatever terms they dictate to you. Remember, if you don't look out for yourself in compensation negotiations, no one is going to.

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How you should respond, you say? First, you should make your decision concrete. If they rescinded your demand, I would assume that it is final. Actually, you're one who can read between the lines because you personally talked to them.

Here are my thoughts:

  1. Out of respect, I would not re-negotiate, especially if I heard the final tone.
  2. You can re-negotiate, but you have to persuade them nicely by telling them how valuable you are (oh, is this really necessary?).
  3. If you're out of options, I think you should accept their initial offer. Being closer to family is more important to me. I understand your sentiments.

Well, decide. Money or family? I think that's the only question. Hope it helps!

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Do what you want to do, which is to tell them that you would still like to accept the job at their original offer.

Worst case, they tell you no.

Best case, they tell you yes.

There is no need to worry about the appropriateness of continuing discussions. If they don't want you after all, they'll tell you. But if you don't tell them what you want, then they will not be able to give it to you.

Don't concern yourself with losing face by approaching them with their original offer. If it's still what you want, then it can still be a strong business relationship where you both get what you want out of it.

There's no need to assume that their "no" to your offer was the conclusion of the negotiation, unless they actually said that they will not talk to you again, which is unlikely.

Go for it. It isn't going to hurt you, and you might then get what you want.

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If you feel that accepting the job comes with a "catch" then beware, but the reality is that this "catch" you seem to allude to, "you could always be that guy who didn't walk away from lower pay after asking for higher pay" has absolutely no material bearing on your work and the benefits they give you, unless you allow it to affect you. I honestly think this is all in your head. But if that's the case in this situation, this is still a good move - get a job with this company, move to the location the OP wants to be at, and then continue to look for another job. It's not a bad choice. – Adam Davis Feb 19 '14 at 16:43

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