Aug 18, 2018 - 03:50 PM
As soon as you know you're going in a different direction, let the employer know. This gives hiring professionals a chance to start looking for another candidate and protects you from leaving a bad impression. When stating your reasons for changing your mind, be honest and professional. Refrain from making any negative comments about the company, employer, or employees. Express your gratitude for the job offer.
Next, understand your reasons for leaving. Some employers may try to negotiate to keep you on board. If you're willing to consider a new offer or present your own counter offers, be aware of the hiring manager's feelings. It could be a frustrating situation, considering you'd already accepted a previous offer.
Finally, this conversation is best handled in person or on the phone. It is best to speak directly with the employer to explain yourself; this improves your chances of maintaining a positive relationship. If you're uncomfortable with this idea, here is a sample letter and some more tips about declining a job offer you've already accepted.