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Are promises made during the interview legally binding?
An offer of employment is an expression by the employer of a
willingness to be legally bound. Job offers made orally can lead to the
formation of a binding contract, once accepted. Offers must be distinguished
from material designed to interest candidates in applying for work such as job
advertisements. Similarly an application form is not regarded as an offer by
the candidate to work for the employer. An offer of employment can be withdrawn
before it has been accepted, but a withdrawal is complete only when it reaches
the applicant. If an offer is withdrawn after it has been accepted, this will
constitute a breach of contract.
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