What should you do if you have already accepted a new job, but then you change your mind? You might Decline A Job Offer for a number of reasons. Perhaps a family emergency has changed your situation/location or you have gotten a dream job opportunity that you just cannot refuse.
Turning down a job offer after you have already accepted it may not be cool and can also be an uncomfortable experience. However, as long as you have not signed an employment contract with the company, legally, you are allowed to change your mind. And depending on the contract, you might still be able to turn down the job without accruing any legal consequences
How to Decline a Job Offer You Already Accepted
Think it through. Be 100% certain you do not want the job before declining. There is no going back ones you turn down a job you previously accepted. Therefore, it is good you think carefully about the pros and cons of rejecting the job.
Read your contract. If you have already signed an employment contract, read through it carefully to make sure there will be no legal consequences to you rejecting the job. For instance, some contracts states that you have a certain window of time during which you can reject the job, or that you have to give a certain number of days’ notice.
Important. Consult a legal practitioner or employment expert just to make sure there will be no legal consequences for rejecting the job.
Don’t wait. Inform the employer as soon as you are certain you no longer want to accept the job. The sooner you let the hiring manager know, the sooner they start looking for a replacement.
Be honest but tactful. Let the employer know why you changed your mind, but do so without any form of insult on the employer or the company. If you realized that you don’t think you will get along with the other employees, simply say that you do not think you would fit in with the company culture.
If you land yourself a job that you are much more interested in, make your employer understand that you were offered a job that is more in line with your set skill. Avoid using words that are negative about the employer or the company.
Be concise. Let your explanation for rejecting the job be brief. Avoid going intoall the details of your family emergency,or the reason why accepting another job is a great fit for you.
Express gratitude. Sincerely thank the employer for the opportunity to meet and to learn about the company. It will be good for you to say things in particular you liked about the employer or the company.
Make the employer understand that turning down the job is a hard decision for you. You do not want to burn bridges with the employer – you never know if you might want to work with them in the future.
Know your bottom line. The employer might try to negotiate with you in other to convince you to come on board. Before having a conversation with the hiring manager, decide what your bottom line is. Would you stay if the salary is increased? Better benefits?
Choose the right form of communication. Choose the best strategy to speak with the employer whether on phone or in person, because it allows you to explain yourself more clearly and increases your chances of maintaining a positive relationship with the employer. It is advisable to follow up the conversation with a letter or email confirming your conversation.
Learn from this. For future purposes, try to avoid situations where you accept and then reject a job offer. For instance, for your next job offer, you can request for more time from your employer to decide whether to take the job or not. You might also want to work on your negotiating skills if you felt you did not get the salary or benefits you wanted.
You can also see how to detect a fake job offer in Canada