To Accept, or Not to Accept? by Toni Gabrielli

May 19, 2014 |


danielscareers-acceptjobofferThere is not a “right” way to go about handling multiple potential job offers. However, there are several guidelines you should ALWAYS follow in this type of situation. Be sure to speak with a career counselor to discuss your unique situation and how best to handle it!

Factors to consider in the final stages of the hiring process:

  • Are you feeling pressure from outside sources?
  • Parents, professors, friends, society
  • How did you become connected to this employer?
  • If you renege or do not accept, what bridges are in danger of being burned?
  • How well does it align with your ideal position and salary requirements?
  • Will you need to negotiate?

Deciding Between More Than One Opportunity:

  • Do not accept any job verbally right away—even if you are very excited about the role. It is completely fine (and normal) to ask for time to consider the offer.
  • Ask for a specific date on which they need an answer from you—or give your own specific date if you know when you will be interviewing with or hearing back from your preferred company.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for more time and be sure to provide a concrete reason. Let them know you do not have enough information to make a well-informed decision yet.
  • Call your contact at your preferred company and explain the situation.
  • Mention the other job title you’ve been offered, but not the names of other organizations.
  • Reiterate to your preferred company that you are excited about the role, and ask where they are at in their hiring timeline or decision-making process.
  • Don’t burn bridges! You never know when you will come into contact with a company or hiring manager in the future.

Accepting an Offer:

  • Accept verbally (not right away!), but also get an offer in writing and respond in writing.
  • Inform everyone who has been a part of your hiring process that you are taking the position.
  • When you accept, discontinue your job search and cancel any upcoming interviews with other companies through a phone call and an email.
  • Send a thank you note to your main contact and ask about the next steps in the onboarding process.

Declining an Offer:

  • Be sure to speak with someone voice-to-voice rather than just leaving a voicemail or only sending an email.
  • Decline the offer as soon as you have made a decision.
  • Be honest, but professional when providing your reason for declining.
  • Thank your main contact and everyone who has been a part of your hiring process for their time and let them know you would appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch in the future.

For more information, please join us for the To Accept or Not to Accept—the Question of Job Offers Workshop on May 20 from 5–6 p.m. To register, please visit Daniels Careers.


Toni Gabrielli is a Career Counselor for the Taylor Family Undergraduate Career Center at the Daniels College of Business.



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