How to Turn Down a Job Offer

September 9th, 2015

There may come the time in your life when you have to turn down a job offer. This could be for a variety of reasons, but it won’t necessarily be easy. When you turn down a job, do it with grace and honesty. Consider these tips.

Thank The Person Who Offered The Job

No matter what, always thank the person who offered you the job. They had to take the time to interview you, look over your information, and consult with other team members about whether or not to bring you onboard. If you begin the interaction with a positive note, they will be that much more receptive and willing to listen to your negation of the job offer.

Detail What You Like About the Company

Don’t give reasons or things that you don’t like about the company. Instead, tell the person who offered you the job details about what you do like at that company. This will give them feedback of what to promote in their next interviews as they try to find new candidates. This will also make them feel more at ease with you; they won’t feel as though your negation of the job offer is related to their company specifically.

Give a Succinct Reason for Turning it Down

When you turn down the position, make sure to give one simple reason that is succinct. Don’t draw it out, because you don’t want your message to get lost in translation. By giving one simple reason, you are making it clear that you are turning down the job offer, but you have a legitimate reason for doing so. The person who offered you the job will be more likely to report that exact reason back to their team. This will help the team to retain a positive perception of you.

Leave Lines of Communication Open

Whenever possible, leave the lines of communication open with that company or interviewer. You never know when you will need to rely on someone in the future, so it’s best to keep as many options open as you can. You may be able to accomplish this by checking in with the interviewer periodically, or by telling them that they can call or e-mail you at any time.

If you have turned down a job offer but still need a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is more appropriate and relevant for your unique skillsets and career goals. We are confident that when you are offered a job we find for you, you won’t want to say no.

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