So you have run the gauntlet of your first real job interviews, and now you are receiving job offers – congratulations. But perhaps you are still not sure whether the job you have been offered is the best career move for you, and you feel as though you could benefit from more time before committing to the job 100%. This is completely understandable, and actually it would be sensible to try and postpone accepting the job if you find yourself in this situation.
How to postpone your job acceptance
The best thing is to be completely open and straightforward with your prospective employer. An open line of communication with your employer is the best possible way that you can start your new relationship. Express excitement and gratitude about receiving the job offer but also be honest in telling the company that you need a little time to think about the position before making an acceptance. During this time, you can iron out any details of the job that are unclear to you and ask about benefits packages. If your future boss is understanding, they should be reasonable enough to give you at least a few extra days to think the decision through.
Asking for a firm job offer within writing is also a way to buy yourself a few extra days while you decide if you can commit to the opportunity.
Whatever you do, do not accept the job offer and then withdraw your acceptance at a later stage. This is unprofessional and not the way to go about negotiating extra time for yourself.
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