Job description changed from time I accepted offer to employment contract signing?

Hi Folks-
I applied for a job with a specific title and description. After some negotiation, I happily accepted the position. However, after I received the contract I noticed that the job description and title was slightly different (with same pay, but lower rank). I still would like to work for this company, but I probably wouldn’t have applied for the position if I saw the NEW description/title. The HR folks say this is just an internal paperwork issue, but I don’t want the NEW title or position description. To date, I have not signed the employment contract and am waiting to hear back from them on this issue.

How do I handle this situation diplomatically so that I get them to honor the position we agreed upon AND I avoid pissing off my new employer with my request?

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3 Responses to “Job description changed from time I accepted offer to employment contract signing?”

  1. Sara Says:

    talk to the person who liked you the most during interview and tell him/her that HR said it is only for paper work so if they could keep what they advertised. If they really want you, they shouldnt’ have a problem

  2. NHMike Says:

    Approach the hiring manager and explain that you received the paperwork but that the title and rank are different than discussed. If you sign as is, the ‘paperwork’ problem will become ‘what you signed’ and that will impact your feeling toward the company.

  3. StephenWeinstein Says:

    You cannot force them to give you a particular rank. Decide if you would rather take the job with the description and rank that are in the contract or not work for them. If you would rather not work for them than take the job with the description and rank that are in the contract, tell them and give them the option to either give you the rank and description that you will accept or not hire you. If you would rather take the job with the description and rank that are in the contract than not work for them, then sign the contract, wait a reasonable amount of time, and then ask for a promotion to the rank you want.