Cool! Glad to help, and congratulations on the job! When hiring teachers, of course, "how close to the start date" often (usually) means "how close to the start of classes," or something similar, and it's obviously a very bad thing to leave students with no teacher and the school scrambling to find someone. So they get cranky when that happens. I can only suppose that there are analogous circumstances in law and every other field.
Ended up just asking for 30 minutes to consider the offer - all of the employers were happy and didn't mind.
However, this was still a useful message as I am also within the sphere of Education (BEd 2018 from Laurentian University).
I might go back to teaching (or maybe lecturing at universities) at some point in my career
Thanks a lot!
I received an offer back for uOttawa's PDC program last month. It seems to me i have to make a decision about the offer on uOzone in addition to OLSAS. If i were to provisionally accept, does anyone know if there's a "provisionally accept" option on uOzone as well? Any insight would be appreciated!
Anecdotally, having done some hiring (but not in law; it was education), I think it would depend on (a) how close to the start date you did this and (b) the other circumstances of the change of heart (vague, I know). In my institution, we would probably put an X through the applicants name if they just did something like this in a manner that seemed capricious. It would indicate their degree of reliability and they would have a tough time obtaining opportunities with us in future.
However, if (for example) we had offered a part-time or precarious position, and the person let us go for full-time or permanent elsewhere, the negative first impression of the action would be mitigated. We would consider future applications from them in that light.
On the second question, there is no harm in asking by when they need a reply and promising one before that time. It would be exceedingly unusual in my experience for them to expect an immediate reply in an initial interview.