With respect, this is your first Australian work visa. It is probably your employer's 20th. They undoubtedly know what to expect. Talk to your hiring manager or the HR people. Let them know your situation and ask for advice. Keep in touch with them.
Please, please, trust that they really want you. Trust that they'll help you through this.
is it ok to kindly refuse the offer in my circumstance
You can, but remember that the company has spent resources and time on this, so you're not the only one that takes a loss.
Having said that, you need to support yourself/family, they will understand. Before doing that I suggest you discuss options including giving up the offer with the company.
What do you gain by refusing the offer?
If you find another job you want to take in the meantime or your plans definitely change then by all means let them know. Otherwise, you may as well leave it open and see what happens.
The default behavior here (and I cannot find good reference) is that:
You don't have a job until you signed contract or have a contract to sign
If you have a contract that you can sign, then it is a real job. Anything else will wildly depend on:
how much savings you have (more savings => you can treat "almost offer" as a job offer)
how much you trust ...
So now, I was told I was in the last round at B, but it's not known
where and when this stage will happen.
At the same time I'm scheduled to start at A very soon.
What is the best course of action here given that B would be my clear
preference but I need money and can't stay without a job any longer
(i.e. if B doesn't work out, I would ...
You could use a wording that softens the tone, like, "Do you have the resources to/plan to invest in a senior for X position? What is your budget?" to show that you value yourself while asking where their expected salary falls casually rather than aggressively. This also allows them to know whether they are a good match for you, because likely they picture a ...
People leave jobs, so consider what it means to have a manager reference for every single job you've had. Does that mean "the person who was your manager, and if they left you're out of luck and never get a job again?" No.
Reference requests from places you were fired from are common enough and yes, asking is professional.
Some of the confusion is there'...
Part of the purpose of the background check to to make sure that they know of all the jobs you have held. If you lie about the dates you had job x, so that you don't have to disclose job y where you were fired; then it will be flagged when job x provides the real dates of employment.
When checking job dates they will usually get that information from ...
"Reference check" often means "confirm that you worked there" not give any more information than that. See this question for more details but YMMV wildly.
Email the manager in question:
I'm doing a background check. I already told them you fired me, but they're still insisting on a reference check.
If you don't tell them in advance, they'll be afraid of ...
I often get approached by recruiters with job openings, but I don't
want to waste my time if the compensation is low. Unfortunately most
openings do not say what the compensation will be. Is it rude if my
first question to the recruiter is how much it will pay?
If your top priority is not wasting your time, and the most important attribute of the job ...
It's very culture-dependent.
In Western Europe I'm normally asked about my salary expectations during the first call. I then go on to ask whether my expectations are "realistic for this position", unless the recruiter immediately reacts by telling me whether they are or not (some do).
What can I reasonably expect to do in this situation - in terms of
salary/comp negotiations, getting the signing pushed back at least a
week since my written offer (which hasn't been given, only confirmed
If I understand your situation correctly, you have a verbal offer, with all the details they normally provide, and they would like an ...
You don't have a written offer, so therefore you don't have an offer. The ball is in their court; you need to see the contract (or at least the written offer, with all benefits and salary included), and have some time to think about it, before you sign anything.
Contact other employees on LinkedIn or similar - don't expect the recruiter or company to do ...
I think Sierra Mountain Tech lays it out pretty well. I’d like to more add some points for your consideration.
Projecting my own experiences and assumptions on your situation, I would ask for another 5-10K on top, expecting it will not be met. Six years is pretty long in a role so moving on may not be a bad thing for your career anyway. They would ...
You cannot word your demand in this way, nor can you use this the logical rational for asking for more money. Also - the emotions visible at the time you phrased your question should not be apparent when you talk to each company.
The problem is that you're complaining about basic capitalism, Company B isn't "better" than Company A because they're ...
Is it acceptable or appropriate to demand the recruiter's fee in addition to your salary as a bonus when being offered a counter offer that you are 100% willing to turn down?
Ask for, Sure. Demand? Maybe not. You can ask for whatever you want. Weather or not they will say yes is up to them. If you think they really want to keep you then you will have to ...
Don't leave a job unless you've got something better to go to. (some jobs are so bad that being unemployed may be better, but this doesn't apply to you)
Tell your boss that you would be happy to accept his offer, and would like more development if it becomes available but in the meantime you're interested in learning any aspect of the industry that you can.
A couple of observations about your situation.
"Infrastructure coordinator" can also mean Dev Ops. That field has plenty of software engineering involved with it. And, it's a fabulous opportunity to learn about how things really work, both in software and in your company. With respect, your dislike of it may be unjustified.
Dev Ops people are in strong ...
On the call they asked me if I was happy with the salary, and asked about the start date which will be confirmed after the pre employment checks as it depended on how long it would take..
I would give it more time. She already stated that the date will be established once the checks are done.
You say it's been less than a week since the call, and that she ...
With no mention on my resume of not having passed the jury yet. I rarely got asked about it and never brought it up myself.
So you put the degree on your resume without actually mentioning the trifling detail that you hadn't actually finished it? Well, I can't possibly see how that would come back to bite you in ass..
Now they're asking for a bunch of ...
1) An offer is not an offer until it's in writing and signed by the company. As such, what you responded to and what they needed your approval on was not an offer, it was an offer of an offer. You still do not have the offer.
2) They pressured you to give them your acceptance of their offer of an offer within a short time window, because they wanted to ...
I now got invited to the last rounds by two other companies offering the same or better conditions
I'd continue on with these offers as if the other company's offer never occurred. Until you get a written offer and a signature could you consider it valid.
and I'm not sure whether the process at the company described above was a red flag or not.
A "promise" of a contract is not a contract. If you have not signed anything, you are not bound by any contract.
You only hurried to provide the verbal confirmation, because of the immediate joining date they provided.
As I was in several other recruitment processes I asked for a few days to make up my mind. They told me they needed my decision by Friday ...
I'll convert my comment into an answer.
First of all, it sounds like HR and recruitment are having a hard time with your acquisition. This isn't very unusual but it is rather annoying for the candidate so I understand your concern.
I don't think it would be wrong to contact the recruitment and/or HR and seeing if everything is going well. It is likely they ...
I'm going to focus on your question and not the parts concerning your pay decrease and that interaction.
Someone else from the recruitment team called a few days later
You should continue your chain of communication with this person. This individual has already set themselves as your point of contact. Send an email, and then 48 hrs later follow up ...
If I apply there, they definitely would consult their incubated company which I know they do and would have to face this company.
That would require a higher level of HR organizational skill than most places have, so unless the company is small enough for them to go ask the relevant people personally, don't worry about it.
My friend worked at a major ...
Should I ask about my application status before sharing the documents?
You need to ensure that you are in touch with the correct point of contact and not being scammed somehow. Do not share any personal information until you can confirm that it is about a legit job offer and not a scam.
what is a suitable way to ask them?
Be direct and ...
I would advise not doing so, at least not publicly. It might make you feel better but it only makes you look negative. Basically it would look like you're whinging about them not hiring you. (I am not saying you are but that's how it might look)
Would hitting back really make you feel better? I would suggest trying to view it as a positive. You put time ...
One of their employees, who is senior in the company, has reached out
to me to ask to come to my university campus to sell their consultancy
to my university society members. I did not say no yet.
Why would they approach you? Does this require your permission? Wouldn't this be something he/she would approach the university about to get permission?
What you learned is that you should interview with more than one company. This large consultancy obviously doesn't believe that you are the right person for them to employ. Not informing you is a bit on the rude side, but not unusually bad.
When you talked to a senior employee who asked you to do some work for them, that's when you should have told him. ...
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.
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.
Rushing a decision may not be in your best interests, and that is across the board.
In your case, you can rush Company A, by telling them that you have another offer on the table with a deadline, which is implicitly saying that no offer from them in that timeframe will end up with you going with Company B. If you are a big enough draw to Company A, and ...
Partial disclosure is called for. You want to accelerate A's response, so you tell them you have other offers and you'd very much like a reply by date X.
If you haven't got a reply by date X, then if you need to turn down the offer from B, then do so. But you don't need to offer to A the information that you've done so, nor that you have no other offers ...