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    Cyburbian Ringo's avatar
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    How to turn down a job offer?

    How do you, or if you are a hiring manager how to you prefer someone to deny a job offer?
    does phone or email matter?

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    I'm a bit old school so I'd appreciate a phone call. You never know when someone who interviewed you may be in another place or position and you run across them again. There's something to be said for a person to person conversation. It doesn't have to be a long call but I think it's the right thing to do.
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    A job offer should be made verbally and followed-up with a formal written offer.

    Likewise, declining a job offer should follow similar format.

    You will probably get some questions as to why you are turning it down, so be ready for that. They may try to "work with you" a bit more if they can, but I've found that to be a bit rare.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    I guess I am less formal. I don't care how you tell us, just want to know as soon as possible.

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    Email is fine, as long as it's professional.

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    Quote Originally posted by mike gurnee View post
    I guess I am less formal. I don't care how you tell us, just want to know as soon as possible.
    That's how I roll. You could send us a message through Pony Express or smoke signals as long as you tell us right away so we can move on to the next candidate.
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    Ive never been in this situation. But I have seen plenty of ways of being turned down for a job offer.

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    Quote Originally posted by Masswich View post
    Email is fine, as long as it's professional.
    I agree.

    I also think it should be done as quickly as possible.


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