AUTHOR:
Kate

DATE:
May 15, 2018

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

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How to Say “No Thank You” to a Job Offer

AUTHOR:
Kate

DATE:
May 15, 2018

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

We discussed in a recent blog how to pause a job offer if you need more time to think, but what if the result is you don’t want to work for the company? Or what if you know after the interview that the position isn’t a good fit for you?

Reynolds and Reynolds’ recruiting department is your contact throughout the application process. You receive all of your information through your recruiter, including a job offer if you are deemed a fit. If you get a call from Reynolds with an offer and need to tell another company you accepted employment elsewhere, we have some insight on how to handle the conversation.

Always give yourself time to think after an interview or an on-site visit; don’t make a rushed decision. However, give the company a call as soon as you know you are no longer interested. The company needs to rededicate time to finding someone else to fill the opening, so don’t let its recruiting department waste resources waiting for your answer.

When you make your phone call, let the recruiter know you would like to discuss your application. Inform your contact that you don’t believe the position is a good fit for you, you have accepted employment with another company, or whatever else may be preventing you from accepting the job. If you don’t believe you are a good fit for the position, the recruiter may ask why. Have an answer prepared that doesn’t put the company or your skills in a bad light. Be honest, polite, and professional.

End the phone call by thanking the recruiter for his or her time and consideration. The company dedicated resources to finding you, and you don’t want to seem inconsiderate.

Some phrases to use in the phone call may include:

“I don’t feel I would be the best suited for this position.”

“This opening doesn’t fit with what I’m looking for in my career.”

“I have accepted an opportunity elsewhere, but thank you for your time and consideration.”

“I enjoyed meeting everyone at your company, but I don’t think I would be the best fit for this opening.”

“I enjoyed visiting your business and meeting the team.”

“I’m honored that you considered me for the position.”

“Thank you for your time and consideration, but I don’t believe this position is the right fit for me.”

In the end, the people who interviewed you could appear again later in your career. Treat everyone with empathy and respect, but don’t settle for a job that doesn’t fit with your desired career path.

 


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Kate

Kate is a graduate of Ohio University, where she studied Communication Studies. She has worked at Reynolds and Reynolds for the past six years and has gone from a corporate recruiter to a supervisor in the recruiting department. Kate enjoys trying new recipes, DIY projects, and traveling to new places. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer through the opportunities provided at Reynolds.