I accepted(but haven't signed contract) a job offer but I cannot go to anymore. Will I burn bridges with the company if I do this but I tell them I have a person that is a suitable replacement? Will this damage my reputation?


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It depends on the reason you cannot go there anymore, whether you will burn bridges.

I wouldn't suggest another person as a suitable replacement, however, as it is a common scam in some parts of the world to do exactly as you describe in order to get someone in who simply doesn't know what they are doing, or worse.

  • +1, all depends on the reason. I once did that but I stated the reason which was valid: Company is two hours away. We still contacted each other months later (no bridges were burned)
    – Sandra K
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 14:42
  • @Sandra I am wondering how it was perceived as valid? Did you only learn of the company's location after you accepted the offer?
    – Babyburger
    Commented Aug 31, 2019 at 18:42
  • @Babyburger We both knew from the beginning that my commute is far, they just accepted the fact that I changed my mind a while after accepting the offer.
    – Sandra K
    Commented Sep 3, 2019 at 13:51

No it will not unless you signed a contract. They should understand. If they do not understand, then they are a bad company, then you should be happy not working for them.

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    Good answers should offer support or reasoning for why your solution is correct. Any other user could say "Yes, it will burn bridges, even if you haven't signed a contract. They won't understand." and readers would not be able to judge which answer makes more sense.
    – David K
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 14:32
  • @DavidK I added my reasoning Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 15:47

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