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Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/cdc/students/jobsearch/interviewing/after/accept.html

After the Interview



Accepting/Declining a Job Offer

Tips to Accepting a Job Offer:

  • Even if you are exciting about the job offer, take some time to collect your thoughts and think it through before accepting.
  • Negotiate a timeline with the employer of how long you have until formally accepting the position.
  • Typically respond to the employer within one to two weeks, unless otherwise stated.
  • Salary negotiation usually happens when a job offer is made, be prepared for this.
  • Be sure you understand the terms of the position including the job requirements, salary and benefits before accepting.
  • If the job offer is extended via phone, accept the offer in the same manner and then follow up with a formal acceptance letter.
  • Once you accept an offer, be sure to withdraw your consideration from other companies promptly and cancel any interviews if you have them.
  • It is unethical to accept an offer and then later decline it. Therefore, be 100% sure you want the position before you accept.

Tips to Declining a Job Offer:

  • Tell the employer as soon as possible that you do not want the position.
  • Decline the offer first over the phone and then follow up in writing.
  • Be positive and honest when declining a job offer.
  • Do not burn bridges with the employer. Even if you had a negative experience, do not mention this in the declination.
  • The letter declining the offer should be short and respectful.
  • Do not share details about the position you have accepted in the declination letter.

Juggling Multiple Offers

Juggling multiple offers can be difficult. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be honest to employers. See the links below for information about this.