How to Turn Down the Job After You’ve Accepted the Offer

Mostly, the current job seeker doesn’t put all of their eggs in one basket, rather they apply for many similar positions available on the market.

What if, at some point of the recruitment process, you decide you are no longer interested?

Should you inform the recruiter even if you didn’t receive job offer yet, or just wait for them to contact you regarding next steps, then inform them about your decision at that point?

What if you already accepted the offer and then had a change of heart? Should you let them know or accept your fate as new employee?

As with everything in , it depends.

Let’s say you are no longer interested because job duties turn out to be different than received during first interview, in this, case you should definitely say it right away. You will spare recruiter’s time and you can use this moment to clarify what you don’t like about the job description and highlight the responsibilities that were expected. It can be beneficial for you because the recruiter might offer you another position better suited for what you’re seeking.

On the other hand, you may decide you don’t want to continue your application because you received and accepted another offer.  In this case, should you wait for recruiter to contact you? Absolutely not. It’s not presumptuous to assume that the recruiter is not interested, unless they send you decline. If you inform them in an email, or even text that you’re backing out, it will be greatly appreciated; the recruiter will then be able to pursue other candidates.

What if you receive and accept the offer on the same day you have your scheduled for another interview?

I would say that if you’re sure that you are no longer interested, you should cancel the interview, but if you’re even a little bit hesitant, you should ask the other firm to wait for few hours and go for the interview.  You might want to see what this other opportunity may have to offer, maybe this interview presents a job that ends up being more interesting.

Let’s say you receive an offer for your dream job, you accepted it officially with a start date set. Then an even dreamier job comes along and you find yourself stuck wondering what to do.

There’s no easy answer here. In most cases, other candidates will have already been informed that someone else was chosen for the position. By declining an offer after you accepted it, you may be leaving the company in serious trouble, especially if your role was crucial for the company’s day to day operations. You could say that you understand, but it’s the best job you could imagine, it’s what you were looking for all your professional !

Well, imagine it’s the other way around, the employer offered you the position and then better candidate applied. They made him/her an offer and informed you that they’re really sorry, and that they feel awful you already gave your notice in your current job and rented an apartment in the city, but they just found their dreamier candidate elsewhere and it’s the one they were looking for all along… You probably wouldn’t be very understanding and you would feel cheated, more so, you would definitely never consider applying there again. You probably would advise everyone you know against that as well.  Same logic applies when it’s other way around.

Let’s say your mind is set, you know it’s not fair but you decided to decline previously accepted offer, how should you do it? There’s only one rule here: as fast as possible. The worst thing you can do is fail to show up on your first day without any notice. Even if you feel ashamed or guilty, you need to be straight forward and give employer chance to cut their losses.



By |2018-08-24T13:04:59+00:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Accepting The Offer, After the Interview|0 Comments

About the Author:

Aleksandra worked with Aon Hewitt RPO for 4 years before becoming part of PeopleScout team in Poland. She graduated with a degree in Social Policy studies from Jagiellonski University. Her main focus was on job market issues and fighting unemployment. She's a Junior Sourcing Specialist, currently supporting recruitment for a US-based financial institution.

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