Job Offers: How to Say ‘No’?
For some reason it is awkward for most people to say ‘No’ to others. The interesting thing is that they feel equally awkward when they have to tell a friend they can’t come and help tonight and reject a job offer. We are not going to talk about different kind of situations because we are a resume service and that is why we will just focus on rejecting job offers. Although you can use the principles mentioned below for pretty much any similar situations when you have to say ‘No’. It is easy to understand why rejecting a job offer is kind of uncomfortable. You probably spent a lot of time on the application process, attended an interview, maybe even wrote and sent a thank you note… And when all of these efforts result in a simple ‘No’, you are in the uneasy position of having to communicate your decision to the employer.
Saying ‘No’ with Confidence
It is important that before you wish to say ‘No’ you take some additional time to make sure you really don’t want the job. It will be too late to change your mind after you actually say ‘No’. We say so because we know job seekers who have turned down the job offer but later wanted to have the position although it was too late. So in order you don’t face problems like that it is a good think to think everything through before making any decisions. If you have some time to think about take this time even if you want to turn down the proposal right away. But if you have already made your mind and you’ve stopped thinking about it inform the employer right away. Don’t waste your time and the time of the company that offered you the job. By doing so you will help them make the offer to a different candidate before one finds another job…
Because many people feel uncomfortable when rejecting the offer feel they have to present a convincing cause for the rejection. As a result they provide an unreal reason they have come up with just before meeting the employer. But the matter of the fact is that you have done nothing wrong, which is why you don’t need to defend yourself by coming up with a serious reason to turn down the job offer. Be honest and explain that you have a better offer from a different company, you wish to change your career vector or just this is not the tight opportunity for you. I guess the only reason you might not want to mention is that you don’t like the employer or the personnel.
Make sure you show some appreciation while saying ‘No’. You can start with taking time to speak and explain everything to the employer in person. The alternative would be to make a personal call or send a personalized email letter. Don’t just copy-paste the first thing you find on the Internet. It is a decent move to thank the employer for the time and efforts they have spent on you. Don’t go into long sweet sentences about how good the company is and things like that. Be brief and tell them you are thankful for the opportunities presented by them. It is highly recommended to start your rejection speech from thanking the employer. Only after you are done with expressing your gratitude you can move on to saying that you can’t take the job.