Feb 20, 2019 - 04:49 PM
The way to decline a job offer is to go by the golden rule. Treat the employer the same way you would want to be treated if you were a finalist for a job opening but ultimately not chosen for it. You need to be gracious, do it over the phone, give a plausible reason, and leave the door open.
There are many legitimate reasons why you might decline a job offer. Some of the most common include inadequate salary or benefits, not resonating with the company culture, unsatisfactory work arrangement, or simply getting cold feet.
That’s all ok. A job offer should be the result of a mutual determination that you are the right person for the job. Accepting the offer should be a win-win, something that both you and the employer are enthusiastic about.
Remember that several people put substantial time and effort into interviewing you, and will be both disappointed yet understanding that the opportunity ultimately didn’t feel completely right to you. Convey your decision personally by phone, thanking everyone warmly and sincerely, and acknowledging their time and effort. Offer to remain in contact, and perhaps even refer a colleague or contact who might be suitable for the opening.