A reader writes:
I know you write a lot about rejecting candidates for job offers. Do you have any sound advice for the best way for a candidate to reject a job offer when it’s not the position for them?
As always, straightforward is good. Thank them for the offer, but say that you’ve decided it’s not quite right for you. Say you hope there’s opportunity to talk again in the future, if that’s true.
If there’s a specific reason that you’re comfortable sharing — such as salary or job duties — you should. If they know what didn’t work for you about this offer, they may approach you about something that’s more appealing to you in the future.
And tell them quickly. If you know you’re not going to take the offer, don’t drag it out. Their number-two candidate may be waiting anxiously for a “yes.”