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I have already accepted a job offer. I have already finished background check, filled out W-4 and I-9 forms. The starting date is only 5 days away. Today, I got a better offer. If I accept the second job offer, should I tell the new company that I accepted an offer before? Will they be able to find out by conducting a background check?

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If I accept the second job offer, should I tell the new company that I accepted an offer before?

No, assuming you don't have to delay your start at the second company due to obligations at the first.

Will they be able to find out by conducting a background check?

Probably not. It's not clear how much they would care anyway.

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  • If I accept the new offer, I will most likely have a gap between the starting date and the date I quit my current job. Is that a big issue?
    – zxw_woody
    Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 3:07
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    Are you in some industry where having a week gap between jobs is some big problem? Literally no one cares about this except the company you accepted and then bailed on, who will be sad for a week and then forget about it.
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 5:03
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    You should mention this is still quite unprofessional, and could give the OP a reputation.
    – Jeffrey
    Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 12:39
  • Just wanted to highlight "due to obligations at the first" - double check there isn't a resignation period already in place if you have signed the contracts etc. Usually the first few months are probationary and no notice is required though
    – Gamora
    Commented Jan 30, 2020 at 16:19
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If you want to join the second company, I would suggest you write an email to the HR of the first company politely stating that you won't be able to join them due to so and so reason. And I don't think the second company will come to know anything in the background check.

Thank you.

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