The Tricks You Need For Rejecting A Job Interview Gently


Though you may be chomping at the bit for an employment opportunity and entry into your desired field, there’s always a difference between your dream job and ‘any’ job. In some cases, you may have sent through multiple applications to so many companies that it’s all become a blur.

But what happens when the job offers start to come in, and you need to worry about turning some of them down?

Though it might seem to be an enviable position, there may be a number of reasons why these particular positions are not right for you.

One of the most common reasons that recruiters often hear is time as a major factor in deciding whether or not a job should be taken.

If you are too busy, it’s not the right time, or you simply don’t think this is the right step for you to take, declining a job interview might seem like an incredibly daunting task, particularly during these challenging times.

When Is Declining The Interview The Right Call? 

If it’s not the right call for you, you’ll know for sure on your own terms. But if you’re looking for additional reasons to make the declined offer seem more ‘valid’ to others, you could try:

  • You have accepted another job offer, as someone already offered a better offer to you.
  • There are too many dealbreakers (red flags, mandatory overtime, lack of contact) that affected your perspective on the offer.
  • The offer doesn’t align with your overall vision of how you wish to continue in your career progress.
  • Your personal plans or circumstances have changed since applying, and it is no longer suitable for you to take the opportunity.
  • Your work situation has changed – you may have applied for the position before being promoted, or are happier at your current role than when you originally applied.

How Should You Decline A Job Interview?

Before sending that rejection letter, or making the call, you should:

  • Make absolutely sure that you want to turn down the opportunity.
  • Aim to respond within a few days, so that it looks like careful consideration and thought was given to the opportunity (even if it was an instant ‘no’ on your part.
  • Start with thanking them for their time and for the opportunity in your rejection.
  • Keep the reasoning behind the rejection brief and vague.
  • Suggest someone else – if you know someone for whom the role might fit better, you could direct the recruiter’s attention to them instead.

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