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I was interviewed by a company and was offered a job. I accepted the job offer and salary and the starting date was also agreed upon. The HR person present during the interview told me that they will take an assessment test before an actual job contract can be signed and that this test was an important part of their recruitment decision.

However, the manager who interviewed me implied that the test is just a formality. I don't remember his exact words but he said something on the lines that the test is not that big of a deal and if you do verbally accept the offer, then you will get the job.

I just gave the assesment test and i think i did poorly. It was much harder than i expected. What are the chances that they rescind the offer based on my poor performance in the test? Can they do this after the verbal job agreement?

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    Can they do this after the verbal job agreement? that might depend on the jurisdiction, it'll be helpful to specify your location. – Egor Aug 24 '20 at 2:04
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    No one has indicated it yet since i just gave the test (it was an online test). But i know i did not do very well on the logical reasoning task because i was short on time and could not complete it. – aakalim Aug 24 '20 at 2:09
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    Its in a nordic country (Finland) – aakalim Aug 24 '20 at 2:11
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    Sounds like this was a conditional job offer which means that if you fail the test, the offer can then be withdrawn, a relatively common thing to do with security vetting, less with technical tests but if that's how they roll, that's how they roll. – Tymoteusz Paul Aug 24 '20 at 6:37
  • How are we supposed to know the answer to this question? We don't know the company you applied at. We only got two conflicting second hand accounts from you about how important they consider their assessment test. – Philipp Aug 24 '20 at 11:30
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I would wait and see what happens. An offer was made to you, and you don't know yet the outcome of the online test.

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I just gave the assesment test and i think i did poorly. It was much harder than i expected. What are the chances that they rescind the offer based on my poor performance in the test?

We can not know the answer to this question, because we don't know the company you applied at or how their internal recruitment processes work. Anything we could say about this topic is pure speculation based on third hand information.

Can they do this after the verbal job agreement?

In most jurisdictions, verbal contracts are binding under most conditions. But in practice a verbal agreement is worth as much as the paper it is written on. It is pretty easy to get away with violating a verbal agreement simply by disputing what was actually said.

  • There is no reason to dispute anything here, from what OP says the contract clearly came conditional on the test. – Tymoteusz Paul Aug 24 '20 at 11:52
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However, the manager who interviewed me implied that the test is just a formality. I don't remember his exact words but he said something on the lines that the test is not that big of a deal and if you do verbally accept the offer, then you will get the job.

There's two ways he can have meant that - either that they view the test as generally being easy and people rarely fail it, or that he doesn't particularly care about the results of the test and having you take it is more in the nature of a box-ticking exercise than anything else. Obviously we can't know for sure what they were thinking, but unless you and the potential employer have wildly different ideas about the expected skill level for this role I'd be inclined to think the latter is more likely.

What are the chances that they rescind the offer based on my poor performance in the test? Can they do this after the verbal job agreement?

Verbal employment contracts are binding in Finland (well, as much any he-said she-said ever is I suppose) - but the conditional nature of the offer was pretty clear. I'm not completely au fait with Finnish rules around this but I'd be surprised if conditional offers weren't a thing.

I just gave the assesment test and i think i did poorly. It was much harder than i expected.

The thing with assessments given before a job is that unlike tests and exams you might encounter in an academic setting you often have no real gauge of what "doing well" means - and that can mean you think you did horribly when the reverse is true. I've had ones where I've felt like a complete failure for not finishing only to subsequently discover that no-one is expected to finish and I've actually gotten further than most! So really it doesn't matter how you think you did compared to your own expectations it only matters how you did compared to their expectations - and even then that only applies where they actually care about how well you did. Which in this case it sounds as though they might not really give it that much weight.

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