How to Gracefully Back Out of a Job Offer


Ann Gabriel | ExecutiveChronicles

Job applicants must always stay in a situation wherein recruiters are pleased with them, most especially when they back out of a job offer.

If they don’t see it as it is, the recruitment process takes long and is quite difficult for most recruiters. It takes a lot of people’s effort and time to do this. Picture this. Series of interviews, budget approvals, offer sheet preparations, future bosses breathing a sigh of relief, and sending out rejection letters to all of their competitor candidates.

Imagine how recruiters and bosses feel when the applicant didn’t show up, and that they have to redo the process all over again.

While it is possible that the job applicant will never have to see these people again, chances are recruiters also move around from company to company, so they’ll have no idea how far their reputation will spread. Reneging on a job offer is not a risk applicants will want to take.

  1. Call. Applicants who lack the professional courtesy simply stop communicating or don’t show up to their first day of work. It is always wise to call up the recruiter and have a personal communication with them. Email will not be sufficient.
  2. Honesty is the best policy. Don’t make any lousy explanations. The job applicant should get the chance to talk to his recruiter, clearly explain the decision in declining the job offer. If the job applicant has decided to accept a job elsewhere or have considered to run their own business, he should be honest in saying so. People will never know when they’re going to need another opportunity again.
  3. Make a follow-up. After the personal and open discussion with the recruiter, the job applicant should ensure that he sends an email immediately and highlight the points of discussion. The reasons for declining MUST be properly stated in his email.

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