So, you spent a week looking for jobs and going through a hoard of interviews and now after all the hardwork you are at this enviable position of having more than one job offer in hand. Isn’t it just awesome like that? But the now low remains that you have to turn down the ones you think aren’t worth it.

Although this happens to be tough task, as communicating anything difficult always has been but then there ways to conquer them. Enlisted below are some ways in which you can graciously turn down job offers, without sounding arrogant

Express Your Graciousness
The hiring manager or the HR whoever you meet, have the job of recruiting talent for the company. They spend hours on your resume, going through your social media profiles, getting to know you better, scheduling interviews and then asking you well-researched questions they came up with.  It is after all a hard task, which needs some appreciation. And so comes to the need to thank the person concerned who handled you.  An email or a phone call to the concerned person in the kindest of tones would do.

For example- Hello Aarti, I would like to sincerely thank you for all the effort you put in getting me through interview and providing me with a gracious offer.


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State The Reason
The HR people spent a lot of time on you, thinking about you and then shortlisting you for the role. Now that you have expressed your appreciation with grace, its time you state the reason as briefly and mildly as possible. There is no need to elucidate what better opportunities you are getting at another place and not getting at a certain company. At the same time, there is a need to be honest about the whole thing.

The best bet therefore is to keep it in vague terms and be completely frank about it too.

  • After careful consideration, I’ve decided to accept a position at another company.
  • After much thought, I’ve decided that now is not the best time to leave my current position.
  • While this position seems like a great opportunity, I have decided to pursue another role that will offer me more opportunities to pursue my interests in marketing and social media.

Examples like the ones given above shall make the process easier for you. It is about conveying the right thing the right way. And being in the business of hiring talent, they would surely understand where you are coming from. Infact, they would appreciate the professionalism.


Keep In Touch
A certain industry is very small if you really look at it. There is a handful of top brands and to keep people who matter in your good books pays a lot in the long run. Offering small pleasantries before you finally sign off keeps a good rapport with the HR person. You could refer her to a person who you think might fit the bill. Or maybe mention some event you both are attending and say that you look forward to seeing them there. If not anything, you could always wish them well for the future.

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