I have interviewed with Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company, for a mid to senior level individual contributor position. They have apparently decided they want to make an offer, but I do not yet have an offer. From the HR contact, this will string out for several weeks through a "soft" offer stage, before a "conditional" offer is made, and then finally the real thing. This sounds shady to me. What do you think? Any veterans of the Honeywell hiring system?
The soft offer hit the high points: title, location, salary. Then they asked "what do you think about that?"
Now the HR generalist is going to hand me off to a few other HR specialists to "discuss" (read, negotiate?) relocation, time off, and other benefits.
Once we get that all tied up in a bow (i.e. my "soft" acceptance) the generalist said they will cut a formal offer letter. Once I accept the written offer, the real fun begins.
Now the company gets to run a background check on me (references, employment history, education verification, criminal, drug screen). If they decide they still like me, they will let me know that my acceptance has been accepted (sic!). The HR generalist told me NOT to give notice before I get my acceptance accepted, so at least the company is honest about that.
But I am interviewing with another company. At what point am I committed to this company? My soft acceptance? Conditional acceptance? Only when my acceptance has been accepted?