Not every job offer you receive in your career will be a good one – in fact, some might even be flat-out insulting. Here’s how to reject those offers.
Congratulations! You got the job! Bring out the champagne and let’s celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in your career! Only… you don’t seem to be in a celebratory mood. In fact, you don’t really seem to want the job. Whether it’s because of the unexpectedly low salary, the long commute, or because you received another (and better) offer elsewhere, you’ve decided to turn this one down. The question, however, is: how do you go about it?
1. Do It ASAP
The second you decide you don’t want to accept a company’s offer, let them know. It could take them a long time to find another candidate and, since they considered you to be the best of the best and believed you have what it takes to succeed in the position, the least you could do is be efficient and immediately inform them of your decision. Don’t leave them hanging, and remember to call the hiring manager or recruiter who made you the offer in the first place.
2. Show Your Appreciation
You’ve got them on the line and it’s, quite naturally, a very nerve-wracking and uncomfortable call to make, but it’s a call you have to make nonetheless. The first thing you should do is thank them for the offer and for their time but don’t overdo it. Simply put: you don’t want to spend the next hour is kissing ass and thanking every person in the company for the opportunity. Get in and get out.
3. Give Them a Good Reason
Let’s say you weren’t too fond of the people you’d be working with if you accepted the job. It just wouldn’t be right to start bitching about them – not only would doing so be highly unprofessional but it would also result in permanently burning bridges with a contact that could potentially help you with your career further down the line.
The point here is that you don’t have to be completely honest, especially if it could ruin your chances of a successful career and tarnish your professional reputation. Meanwhile, if your reason is because of the low salary, the long commute, or another offer from a different company, your rejection could lead to a renegotiation. You’ve really got nothing to lose if you play your cards right, and you’re diplomatic about the whole situation.
4. Keep in Touch
Now that you’ve got the hard part out of the way, make sure you thank them again for their time, the offer, and show them that you’re interested in maintaining a positive relationship with them. Perhaps mention that you hope to see them at an industry conference you’ll be attending the following week; a simple “Hope to see you there” will suffice. Or maybe: “It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope our paths cross again in the future” – this keeps the door open for possibilities down the road.
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