On the point of being hired
I have been going through the interview process with both Edward Jones and Morgan Stanley and have a timing issue I need to resolve. My history is that I went through the hiring process with MS and got to the stage of a verbal offer, but things got held up by the market meltdown etc. While waiting I went through the EDJ process and they sent me an offer and gave me a week to respond. The guy at MS has been hard to get hold off, but I did just have a comp discussion with him (of the nature of "markets are terrible, how little will you put up with"?). I have to send in my Jones paperwork today, but I would like to continue my discussions with MS. My EDJ payroll date is not for a couple of weeks. How would they react if I do decide MS is the right place for me and back out before my payroll date?
If it's pre-start date, you'll be fine, at that point they haven't invested anything in you, just put your start date out a month.
best of luck to you.