In today’s social networking environment, it’s easy to find out the inner workings of most companies, through insights posted on sites like FirstJob.com. This is a double-edged sword as you may find out some details that make a company unappealing, yet you might have already landed an entry level job there. To decline an offer takes tact, but it can be done gracefully.
How to Walk Out with a Good Feeling
To leave the field without incurring bad feelings, remember that you’re dealing with people first. Always be respectful, friendly, and positive about the situation. Follow these steps to get out of a situation gracefully:
Let People Know as Soon as You Know - You might be able to avoid getting the offer, if you’ve already chosen another. This can avoid an awkward situation entirely. It will also make you look like "the one that got away."
After the Job Offer is Made - If you are turning the job down for personal reasons, you will have to try to accentuate the positive while declining the offer. Make sure they know you didn’t think you were a good fit for that particular job, but that you still think the company is a great opportunity and are open to future job postings.
Be Honest within Reason - If you are declining the fresh graduate job because you got a better offer, the company needs to know to stay competitive. However, if you’re turning it down because you got a bad feeling about specific people or the company culture, that’s not something they will welcome knowing and should be left unsaid.
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