How to Decline a Job Offer The Right Way:- Turning down an offer can be tough, and even if you think you’re declining on good terms, there’s no guarantee the other party will see it that way.
That’s why it’s important to choose your response carefully, whether it means turning down an offer with grace or just saying no altogether. Here are some tips to help you make that decision and say no the right way, should you decide to do so.
Do your research
Before you accept or decline any job offer, be sure you know everything about it. You want to make an informed decision for both your sake and for those who are offering you employment.
Look into what resources will be available to you (benefits, parking spaces), as well as how much time off you’ll get and what sort of salary package is being offered. This way, when it comes time to give your answer, you can do so with confidence in knowing that there aren’t any surprises waiting for you down the road.
After all, most companies understand that candidates may need some time to consider their options and if they don’t respect your need for due diligence before giving an answer, then maybe they aren’t someone you should work for anyway.
Practice before you respond
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to declining a job offer. While there are some who will give you boilerplate responses, others will be more respectful of your personal circumstances and help you figure out what might work best for your career.
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To get ready, practice how you’ll respond to friends and family both if they push back against your decision, and if they encourage it. Also make sure you have all of your facts straight: how much money you were offered, what benefits come with it, and how long is your notice period?
If any of these details change once you’re in conversation with a recruiter or hiring manager, that could affect how well (or poorly) things go down.
Use email when responding
It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to decline a job offer is through email. To do it correctly, provide an explanation for your decision. (What about their offer wasn’t right for you?) But don’t get too chatty; keep your response brief and to the point.
And be professional you never know who will see your email message down the line. That said, there are times when declining a job offer in person or over the phone might be more appropriate. For example, if you have already accepted another position or if there are other extenuating circumstances that make an in-person conversation necessary.
Include specific details about what wasn’t appealing
Accepting a job offer without thinking it through is foolish. As tempting as it may be, turn down that offer and share why and how they can change your mind. There’s nothing wrong with saying no if you have better options on the table or aren’t impressed by what you’ve seen so far.
Be honest about what isn’t appealing about their offer, but do so in a way that shows respect for their business. If you need more time to consider your decision, let them know and tell them when you expect to have an answer for them. Just don’t string them along indefinitely; there are other candidates waiting in line for an opportunity like yours!
Thank them for the offer
First and foremost, it’s important to be genuine in your response. When you get an offer, reach out via email and let them know how much you appreciate them considering you for their role. Be sure to thank them for their time and consideration.
This is also a good opportunity to reiterate why you are excited about working with them (you might even want to re-read that section of your cover letter). If there is anything specific they asked about or said they were looking for in an ideal candidate, make sure you include that as well!
Explain what’s not right: You should also take some time to explain what doesn’t work for you about their company. You don’t have to go into too much detail here, but if there was something that stood out from your interview process or from reviewing their website, now is a great time to mention it.
For example, maybe you had concerns about how long someone has been at the company or whether they seem happy.