You have spent countless hours searching for a job, messaging recruiters, preparing for interviews, and finally, it happened! You were offered a job! But it’s not your dream job, and you are not sure if you want to take it. What can you do? Below are some helpful tips to turn down a job offer. 

Is calling, emailing, or sending a letter the best way to turn down a job offer?

The easiest way to refuse a job is by email. It’s convenient and straightforward, but it’s not the most professional. The best way to handle turning down a job is with a phone call. However, if you cannot reach the hiring manager or recruiter, a letter is a way to go. 

Timing is key

After reviewing the job offer, you realize that the position is not for you, or maybe you received a better offer from another company. It’s always better to reach out immediately once you have come to a decision. Delaying your response could be inconveniencing the employer and could damage your reputation on the job market. When you have a job offer that doesn’t suit you, inform them right away so you and the employer can move on.

Explain yourself 

 When you decide to turn down a job offer, you can’t do without an explanation. You don’t need to talk in great length about your thoughts and decision. The best way to handle this is to explain that you decided to go with another offer that is more in line with your career goals. By offering this as an explanation, you are respectful to yourself and the company. 

Never forgot to say thank you

When rejecting an employer, never forget to thank them for the offer. Keep it simple and thoughtful. Show appreciation for the time they spent looking to fill the position and leave the door open for possible employment in the future.

Think about what is most important

 It’s not easy to turn down a job offer, but you always need to be thinking about yourself and your career goals. If it’s not a good fit, that’s ok. Let the employer know as soon as you decide. Want more tips on this or have a question? Give us a call at (402) 215-8238 or send us an email at