What Happens After a Conditional Job Offer?

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Congratulations! You have received a conditional job offer and are probably feeling a mix of emotions – happiness and anxiety! Don’t fret, we will dive into what exactly happens after a candidate has received a conditional job offer from their new employer.

Usually, a conditional job offer is given when specific employment-relevant checks need to be completed. When the job offer is given, the employer will explain what types of employment checks need to be initiated and completed prior to confirming that your offer is now firm, aka you are hired! Here we will learn more about the purpose of each check and the typical process for completing each check.

Reference Check

The most common employment check is a reference check. Most employers require candidates to successfully pass a reference check prior to joining their team. Reference checks are completed by the employer to gain more insight into the candidate’s work experience and character. Typically, you are responsible for providing the contact information for 2-3 managers or co-workers who are able to share more information on their personal experiences working with you. Your references will be asked a series of questions focused on your past work behaviours, your skills and areas which require improvement.


• Select 2- 3 past or current co-workers and/or managers that you think are able to speak on their experience working with you. Once selected, contact them to get up-to-date contact information and to inform them that a potential employer may contact them for a reference check.

Employment Verification

An employment verification check is when the employer verifies that you have been employed at your current and past jobs. They will look to confirm the dates of your employment, job title, salary or hourly wage and the reason why you left the company. This check is usually performed by a third-party company. If this is the case, you will need to complete a form providing information regarding your work history.


• Ensure your resume includes the correct information regarding your work history. If you noticed an error such as the date in which you left the company, please inform the employer immediately.

Background Check  (Criminal/Education)

Background checks are extremely important to certain employers. They are used to ensure the safety of their workers and their organization. Most background checks involve conducting a thorough review of your criminal and/or educational history. The check will look for any areas that the employer feels are not compatible with their company’s values or policies.


• Ensure you have notified the employer of any red flags that may appear on the background check. For example, if you were convicted of a crime you can notify your employer (only if comfortable). If you did not graduate from a specific educational program, you can also inform your employer.

Once these checks are completed, your employer will notify you of the results and you will be able to start your new job!

Looking for more information on what a job offer entails? Ask Style Nine to Five Founder, Christie Lohr, One Career Question and use her expert knowledge to help navigate the hiring process.

Najja Morris is a human resources professional with passions for writing and fashion.

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