Verbal job offer rescinded during pandemic-normal?
Just wondering if this is the norm?I've worked alot of years and never have had this happen before:given verbal job offer which I accepted as this was a quality company that I thought I wanted to work for. I previously had worked with HR on another position I was interested in, filled out online app, references provided which I know were all great, was given a verbal offer but turned it down as it was too low for my needs at the time. I really liked the company, team I interviewed with & was encouraged to stay in contact with HR which I did. She (HR) & I have stayed in contact on a regular basis & felt it was amiable, and in fact she had told me about open positions which she encouraged me to apply for which I did. I interviewed for 1 position and felt it went well, then was told a day or so later that another candidate "was in process" so was not being further considered. Then a different position came open (Support position) with the same team I had previously interviewed with, spoke to the hiring manager who told me she was excited to know I was still interested in working for the team, interviewed me once again & told me the same day that she remembered me & felt & still feel I was the "best candidate who stood out from the rest", & that she would get in touch with HR for me to be hired. I was called by HR the same day who made a conditional verbal offer for this position which I accepted. She also asked me to fill out the online app & provide references which I did once again. I've followed up with my references who assured me that I was given great references by them. I didn't hear back from her right away which was kind of strange up to this point as she was always good about responding right away. I did leave her a few quick emails about a week later wondering how things were going & wanted to help in anyway that I could as that's how I'm wired. I got an email earlier this week from her indicating that "my packet had been submitted" for review . The very next day I received a voicemail from her to return her call which I did as I thought she was calling about a start date for the position. I called right after I got the voicemail and she proceeded to tell me that they were "not going forward with me for the position after all. She didn't provide any details as to why. I was stunned, felt like I had been punched in the gut & had the rug pulled out from underneath me. She told me she didn't have any details as to why & that she was "trying to find out why and would let me know". I've gone through all kinds of emotions about this this weekend. For one, I would think they should of all been on the same page prior to offering me the position to begin with & I never received a followup email regarding the verbal job offer. I quit searching for work & actually responded to potential employers that I was no longer on the market. This has been a valuable lesson to me needless to say. Has anyone had this happen to them recently & is this how things are going on now with the pandemic? Should I consider myself as being bread crumbed or?? I have to say right now don't think I want to work for a company who I feel is being dishonest. Thank you in advance!