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019 Acceptance and Rejection

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Next Steps

If you have received a job offer, well done! You will now need to take some time to reflect and make some final considerations on whether or not the offer is right for you. Contact the employer, thank them for their offer and request a day or two to read over everything. Always get a full offer in writing. Request a written offer if you have not yet received it.

In some cases, you may have received an offer while you are still waiting to hear from another employer. This is especially difficult if the other employer is one you would prefer to work for. In this case, request some time to consider the offer but set an exact timeframe of no more than a week. It may be that you will need to risk rejecting the offer if you are determined to wait for a better offer. There are few circumstances where rejecting an offer you have already accepted will have positive outcomes for you long-term.

Think carefully and do not accept an offer until you are confident it will suit you. Request a meeting to negotiate the terms of your employment if necessary, and don’t settle for a role that goes against your needs if it will only disadvantage you later.

Areas to consider

  1. What are your expectations of this role and this employer?
  2. How does this offer fit in with your career wants and needs?
  3. How much are you really able to compromise on?
  4. Do other benefits make up for not having something you wanted?
  5. What impact will this job have on your life?
  6. Will you enjoy and feel appropriately challenged by this role long term?
  7. Are the benefits (eg. retirement pension) appropriate?

Asking for time to consider an offer or negotiate

Employers should be happy to allow you time to consider your offer if it is something you really need. The key is to set yourself a deadline, be positive, and not to dither on decision making. Know exactly what you need to know to make a decision (for example, you may need to ensure you have the offer in writing), and ensure the employer knows they won’t be waiting forever for you. Generally it’s advised to ask for this over the phone, only using emails if that has been your primary communication. Here is a sample of how you might approach this situation. This is not something you will need to do for all offers you receive - if you receive an offer you are happy with, accepting it outright is fine:

Dear Mr Garwood,

Thanks so much for giving me this opportunity. As I said in my email following the interview, I am very interested in the role and your company and excited about a future working with you. That being said, going from university into this role is going to be a significant transition for me and I would appreciate being allowed some time to consider this offer fully.

Firstly I would just like to clarify what is included in the healthcare plan - it’s not clear if dental care is covered or not. I don’t believe it will be an issue if it isn’t covered, just hoping to make sure I have a complete picture. Could I please check with you that all details of this role have been sent to me in writing so that I can review them thoroughly?

I don’t want to keep you waiting for my decision, and so would like to confirm my interest in this role by next Wednesday at the latest. Would you be available for a meeting before then so that I can ask a few more questions in person? I would love to see more of the workplace I would be in and meet more of the team as well.

Thanks again for this great opportunity and offer, hope to speak with you in person soon.

Kind regards,
Johnathan Patch

 Rejecting an offer

It’s possible you may realise after an interview that a role is not one you want to work in. It can be a positive thing to withdraw from the process before the employer makes you an offer. Rejecting an offer, or potential offer, that is not appropriate for you early will save the employer time and leave you in a favourable light if you would like to take a role with them in future.

At whatever stage you turn down a role, it is important to be polite and gracious, even if you feel they have mistreated you at some stage of the process. Remember that the employer has invested time and effort to offer you what they believe to be a great opportunity. Keep positive about your experience, and you may even gain a valuable extension to your network for future opportunities. In most cases it is more personal and polite to call the employer, but here is a sample email that may assist you in the wording to use:

Dear Ms Robinson,

First I would like to say that I truly appreciate the opportunity you and your company have provided to me. It has been fantastic to speak to you and learn about the Accounting Assistant role and your team.
After careful consideration, I felt that the role did not fit quite in line with my career goals. I was hoping to work in a role that would address my interests in marketing as well as finance - I have had another offer which is more in line with these goals and at this time have decided to go with that company.

I’d love to keep in touch if possible, especially as working in the same industry we will no doubt cross paths again in future. Would it be alright to connect with you on LinkedIn?

Again, thank you for all your time and support. Best of luck with whoever you work with in the role.

Kind regards,
Johnathan Patch


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