Respected Sir/Madam,

I had recently attended an interview ( Nov'16) with a global MNC and got selected .The whole process took nearly a month and I received the offer letter ( in Dec'16). It is important to mention here that the whole recruitment took place through a consultancy which the company had a tie up with. It included scheduling of interview, salary negotiation, release of offer letter. From the date of interview till I received the offer letter, I was keen to join this company and expressed intent to join the company immediately.

Now here comes the hard part...due to my family commitments and personal reasons, I dropped the idea of joining this company at the last minute and communicated the same to the consultant and the company. The consultant became so infuriated and gave me a piece of his mind. He literally abused and harassed me over the phone saying that he will end my career and see to it that no one offers me a job. Besides, he said that he will malign my reputation by writing to HR of other companies where I recently worked. Just because I did not join the company due to certain personal issues, I am facing the brunt and feeling a bit insecure because of him. I did not even sign the offer letter so far.

As a consultant, is he entitled to do that?.Will it impact me? Am I at a serious fault by not joining the company after showing intent and giving up at the last minute due to some genuine personal reasons. Please advice

Best Regards

From India, undefined
Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Senior Manager Hr


When people get harassed by others, the general tendency is to imagine them to be "all powerful" - expecting and imagining the worst that can happen. But we live in a country where there is a "rule of law" - so there is no reason to feel insecure.
There is valid reason for the consultant to be infuriated (abuse however cannot be justified) - your indecision has cost him time and money. However, there is absolutely no reason to believe that he can end your career. He may not work with you in future which may impact your chances of getting a good job. The best way to resolve this would be to apologise to the consultant for wasting his time and to explain your personal reasons for not joining. That is how relationships are formed and maintained.

From India, Gurgaon

Just ignore and continue with your life and career, it shows consultant 's frustration, do not retaliate or respond , just ignore and keep concentrating on your work is big and so are opportunities and no time for the consultant to do all things he said..... relax, neither HR has got time to respond ,debate and track all these pain points of career....
From India, Madras
Dinesh Divekar

Dear friend,

This is in addition to what previous two members have said.

For every action, there is equal and opposite reaction says the Newton's third law of motion. Your unprofessional behaviour was to decline the offer after engaging with the prospective company after a month-long selection process. If consultant repays you in same coin then why frustrate now?

During a recruitment process that lasted for a month, you did not have family commitments and these sprung up on receipt of offer letter is incomprehensible. This blowing of hot and cold is hardly expected from career-conscious professional. Gentleman, do not be self-centred and as previous members have pointed out, think of the time and money that recruitment consultant had invested in your candidature. For them, their business is their bread and butter. Only cynic and irresponsible person will snatch bread from someone's mouth!

Yes, threats of recruitment consultant are vacuous. It could be consultant's way to change your decision. Nevertheless, life is a far serious business and every threat need not be hollow. Few people, when they react, they do it without any threats. They keep their tongue oily and pull rug from under the feet of their opponent. Please beware of such vindictive persons also!


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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