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Difference between offer letter and appointment letter?
From India
An offer letter is indicative of the factum of being appointed (without details) while the appointment order sets out the terms and conditions of appointment. The offer letter is indicative of a firm appointment order being made. Offer letter helps a candidate working elsewhere to put in his papers and serve the notice period. An offer letter is generally only one-two paras while appointment order may run into several pages.
From India, Mumbai
Job offer letter is only a selection confirmation letter to enable the candidate to put his paper to hiss current company. It is not a legal document. On the contrary, Offer of Appointment is an employment contract to be signed by both parties (Employer and employee)and is a legal document.
From India, Aizawl
Dear Alen-Parker,
In my view,
Offer letter is not a contract whereas appointment letter is a contract;
Offer letter intent to enter into contract and appointment letter is contract as said above;
Either party is free to rescind the offer but appointment letter can not be rescind.

From India, Mumbai
Offer Letter- It is originated by employer to inform employer that a job has been offered to him and he or she may accept or reject the offer in x days etc.

It however is not a confirmation of job from either parties.

Appointment Letter- Post issuance of offer letter and offer acceptance by the employee, the employer originates an appointment letter with terms and conditions of services which an employee has to sign before joining a job.

An employee once accepting the offer by signing the letter,has the obligation to join the job he cannot refuse,if he does so he may have to pay the penalties as metioned in offer letter.

Usually in such cases the penalty is the payment of cost incurred in hiring the candidates with some interest.

However, it depends company to company as to what their hiring policy states.

From India, Vadodara
Hi Alen,
Do you require this info for academic purposes?
The attachment lists relevant aspects of Offer & Appointment letters. There are other few which can be added further as they are isolated instances.

From India, Bangalore

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File Type: docx HR-OFFER.APPTT.LETTER FORMAT.docx (11.2 KB, 289 views)

Dear colleague,
1. The offer letter is an integral part of the selection process.
2. It is written letter issued by the employer to the selected candidate in confirmation of mutually agreed main terms such as designation, total CTC, and likely date of joining, bond etc.
3. It is issued to enable selected person to resign with due notice from his present job.
4. Unlike the Appointment letter which is a proper contract between the parties and contains detailed terms of appointment, the offer letter is brief and not enforceable.
5 The appointment letter is generally issued on the date the person joins the new organization.
Regards,
Vinayak Nagarkar
HR and Employee Relations Consultant

From India, Mumbai
An offer letter is the recent development .it is another trick or mayajal of corporate.. Audit Department's comfort usable act.Only believe in Standard Appointment letter which is usually like a contract with terms and conditions.
Offer letter is for usage of the company for building record to show Govt.or enhancing Sharevalue business. Sometimes ..often you see suitcase companies.in news papers.
Go for standards. not time pass tricks done by some companies.pls
Many final year Engg.students reported us so and so ITcompany given offer letter in campus selection even after o4years they didn't get call or appointment letter job posting.

From India, Nellore
Dear friends, I forgot to attach a list of differences to my post dt.14th by oversight. Pl.find herein attached.
From India, Bangalore

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File Type: docx DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OFFER & APPTT. LETTER.docx (13.1 KB, 70 views)

I agree with Gannahope that the offer letter culture is a recent development, maybe rightly for the purposes itemised in his contribution above. So we in the HR fraternity are endorsing the practice of first issuing an offer prior to appointment letter. I want clarity.......can the new employee join the company upon receipt of the offer letter without the appointment letter?
From Ghana, Accra

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