Jobs are not easy to come by, but when you do find a job, it can seem too good to be true. Some job applicants excitedly complete and submit a job application and then regret their decision once they have had time to think things through. What is the best way to turn down a job offer if you decide it is not right for you?
Before the Job Interview
Turning down a job before the job interview can be tricky, especially if you believe you stand a good chance of being offered the position at the end of the job interview. If you are certain that you will not want to accept the position and you are called for interview, the best thing would be to decline to attend the job interview right then and there rather than agree to attend the job interview. That way, you will not be wasting your time or the time of the interviewer.
During the Job Interview
Before you turn down the job offer, wait to see how the job interview pans out. It is possible that you will experience another change of heart during the job interview, especially if some of the issues you have about the job are resolved or clarified. However, if you still feel the same way, you will need to speak up at the end of the job interview. The interviewer will generally make it clear if you have been successful at the close of the interview. But if you are certain that you do not want the job, make your intentions known.
After the Job Interview
After you have attended the job interview, go home and mull how the job interview progressed. Were your objections confirmed or overcome? Do you think you may be able to do the job after all? If you are sure that you are just not cut out to do the job you initially applied for, wait to see if you are given a job offer. If the interviewer does not offer you the job at the end of the interview, wait for the phone call or letter, and then proceed based on the interviewer’s decision. Sometimes the decision will be made for you when you are turned down for the position, which will save you the trouble of declining the job offer.
Do not hastily turn down a job offer. Think through your decision and make sure that you are making the right decision for you. But if you are certain of your decision, decline the job interview or make your intentions known during the interview. If you are not offered the job following the job interview, wait to hear back and then proceed based on the interviewer’s decision.