You did it! You worked your butt off. You sent out 100 applications, interviewed with five companies (and follow-up interviewed with two), and finally got one job offer. This is the day you’ve been waiting for – heck, it may feel like the happiest day of your life!
But then you read the fine print….
This job isn’t what you wanted. Maybe, the pay is too little for big-city life. Or the company doesn’t have PTO (paid-time off) or healthcare benefits. Or you see a better opportunity out there.
Regardless of your reason, this offer is a no-go. But how do you reject the one offer you have?
From my experience, turning down any offer isn’t easy – but if the job’s not what you want, decline.
My first offer was sent by email, so I declined by email. A decline email doesn’t have to be long – only three or four sentences. Simply, thank the offerer (a specific person) for the company’s offer and interview. Clearly decline the offer. Give a brief reason why you are declining. Wish their company good luck in filling the position.
Need more guidance? Check out a template:
Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name],
Thank you very much for offering me the opportunity to work at [Company name]. Unfortunately, I will not be accepting the [specific name of position] position as [reason].
Once again, I’d like to express my gratitude for bringing me in for an interview. You have my best wishes in finding another suitable applicant.
I hope you don’t have to use this email template. My wish for you is that the first offer you receive is for the job you want. But life doesn’t always work that way. Keep applying and don’t get down. There will be another offer soon.
Are you considering a job offer? Check out Inc.’s The 10 Times You Should Decline a Job Offer to see if you should seek a different offer.
Do you have a job offer story? Share in the comments below!