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Accepting or Declining an Offer

Accepting the Offer:

This can be a really exciting event! When you accept an offer, make sure you do the following:

  • Give thanks and appreciation for the opportunity.
  • Make sure you give a written acceptance of the job offer. Make sure you write a letter to the individual who offered you the position. It needs to be well written and contain no grammatical errors.
  • Make sure you have reviewed all the conditions of employment (salary and benefits) with the appropriate people in the HR department. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask.
  • Make sure you have a clear starting date of employment and plan accordingly.
  • Once you’ve accepted an offer, stop job searching and withdraw all your other applications.
  • Yes means yes (verbal and written) - never accept an offer unless you are sure that you’ll take it.

Declining the Offer

For various reasons, sometimes an offer just isn’t going to work out. Make sure you do the following when declining an offer:

  • Be prompt, do not delay a decline.
    • Do not decline over e-mail or text. Always call or set up a meeting for person to person contact.
  • Give thanks and appreciation for the opportunity.
  • Give a good, brief reason why you are declining the position.
  • Don’t burn bridges with the company or recruiter.

Going Back on an Offer (Reneging an Offer)

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We want to help you make the right decision in your job search. If you are considering changing your mind on offers, please come talk to your Career Coach. We're happy to talk with you about your options and how you can approach the situation.

Anytime you are in a job search, you are entering into a contractual obligation with ethical implications. We strongly advise against going back on an offer after you have said yes. This could lead to negative consequences for your career and loss of privileges to Career Services. 

Please visit our full policy for more details. 

Last Updated: 6/28/18