While talking to a friend at a recent party, I brought up the subject of hiring. He works in a multinational company who are on an hiring spree. In order to an effective campaign, they conduct walk-ins during the weekend. At present, my friend is serving the notice period, having decided to cross over to another multinational company! “So, they are hiring to fill in the vacuum created by you?”, I enquired jestingly. After obliging me with a laugh in response, he said, “Yes! We are hiring. At the same time, we are only giving out conditional offers!”.
What are conditional offers? That might have been the look on my face. So, my friend explained. The multinational is expecting big projects to be kicked off soon. So, they are hiring in anticipation. Since these offers are tied to these projects, the selected candidate can only join if the project realizes!
The definition was clear for me now. But, I thought through this from the candidate’s perspective. The candidate is looking out for two reasons – to trade a frustrating job for a challenging yet peaceful one or to earn a fatter paycheck. For the reasons mentioned, as soon as the candidate receives the new offer, he runs into his present office, types a resignation and sends it across to his superiors. If the candidate is given a conditional offer, what would he do? He still can run into his office and type a resignation letter. Instead of sending it immediately, he will save it. Now, what? Does he begin the waiting game? Does he follow up with the giver of the offer daily to see if the conditions are satisfied?
Like the ads that say “rates are subject to market conditions”, this is “You are hired, but…”.
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