I was offered a job in IT department at a public school system. Had 2 interviews and they called me on the phone the next day to say they wanted to offer me the job. The guy basically said "we want to offer this job at this pay rate, do you accept?" I asked if they could send it to me in writing and he said they don't do that. The rate was less than they advertised in their job posting and less than I need to take the job. I stupidly said I accepted but was thinking I could negotiate. They then said that I needed to send them an email stating that I accepted the job at the offered rate. I again stupidly followed their request. I felt pressured to respond and did not want to lose the position. They then said I should hear from their HR in a few days. That has been over a week ago and have not heard anything. After thinking about it, the rate will be insufficient for me plus this whole deal is setting off alarms in my head. I think it is reasonable to get their offer in writing and asked for it again in me acceptance email. They have not responded to that email. My question is, since I sent the email stating I would take the job at the low rate, is there any way to try and negotiate at this point since they have not been very good at handling this with me in my opinion. HR seems borderline incompetent, and I am not sure this place is somewhere I want to work since they seem so weird about giving me an offer in writing.
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My question is, since I sent the email stating I would take the job at the low rate, is there any way to try and negotiate at this point since they have not been very good at handling this with me in my opinion. HR seems borderline incompetent, and I am not sure this place is somewhere I want to work since they seem so weird about giving me an offer in writing.
Certainly you can decide to go back on your word for any reason and attempt to negotiate a better offer.
While it seems very unlikely to succeed, it doesn't sound like you care much anyway, so you have nothing to lose.
(As an aside, you can blame them for being "borderline incompetent" but you were the one who accepted both verbally and via email.)