How to Gracefully Turn Down a Job Offer

September 20th, 2016

If you’ve been interviewing for jobs, there will come the time when you need to commit to one even if you’ve been interviewing for many. Saying no to an offer with grace leaves your bridges in place, your doors open, and your professional image intact.  Here’s how to gracefully turn down a job offer:

Show Appreciation.

If you want to remain on good terms with your interviewer, you need to begin by expressing genuine appreciation that they took the time to offer you the job. By showing appreciation first, you’re also ensuring that the interviewer will be in a good mood and more receptive to whatever you’re going to tell them.

Give a Solid Reason for Turning the Offer Down.

Don’t be vague or abstract, but don’t lie. If you can give your interviewer one solid reason why you are turning the job down, that should be good enough. For example, you could say something along the lines of “This job doesn’t match the skill set I was hoping to develop in the next year” or “I need my next job to have a little more flexibility so I can get my Master’s Degree at the same time.” Whatever you do, make sure you don’t undercut this current job offer or compare it to others.

Keep the Line of Communication Open.

You never know when you’ll be interviewing for jobs again, so it’s in your best interest to keep the line of communication open. Make sure the interviewer has all of your contact information and vice versa so you can stay in touch. Every three to six months, try sending them a quick e-mail update so you can start to establish a rapport in case you need each other again in the future.

If you would like to be in the position in which you have to turn down multiple job offers, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with companies where your skill sets and talents will be put to good use, so you have your choice at the end of the day.


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