Make an Offer of Employment

Key Points

  • Once an employer has selected the candidate to hire, it should make a verbal employment offer to that individual. When making the verbal offer, the employer must be aware of the intended employment relationship, i.e. at-will or contractual relationship. If an at-will relationship is intended, the employer must be cautious not to make any statements of job security during the verbal offer, as well as not to make any statements that the employee will be compensated for a specific duration of time.
  • Following the verbal offer, the employer should send the potential hire a written offer of employment setting forth the terms of the employment relationship.
  • The employment offer could be conditioned upon the successful completion of additional requirements, such as a background check, medical exam and/or drug test.

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