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How to Make a Conditional Employment Offer

Author: Beth C. Rogers, Law Offices of Beth C. Rogers, LLC

After an employer has thoroughly reviewed the applications, completed the interview process and selected the top candidate to fill the position, it must offer the candidate the job. Making the employment offer is more complex than simply informing the candidate that he or she has been selected, especially when that job offer is conditional upon the successful completion of certain other phases of the recruitment and selection process. A conditional offer must make clear that only candidates who successfully complete and pass the other phases will become eligible for employment. Like any employment offer, a conditional offer should also include a complete package of what the candidate can expect to receive if he or she successfully meets the conditions and does become an employee. As set forth below, there are some simple steps that every employer should take when presenting a conditional employment offer.