You can decline an offer of employment that you have already accepted. It’s OK to decline a job offer you have already accepted. You may receive a better offer or your situation might have changed.
Michael Steinitz is the senior executive director of Robert Half, an HR consulting company.
Steinitz says that when someone rejects an offer, they are doing so in their best interests, and this is perfectly acceptable. He also adds that being “selfish” can be a good thing in the world of work. Steinitz also notes that employers can sometimes withdraw job offers. )
He acknowledges, however, that both sides are in a difficult situation.
The following guidelines will help make the situation less than ideal as easy as possible.
Contact us ASAP
It might feel awkward. Reaching out sooner than later will give your potential employer the most time to find a suitable replacement. This will also make you appear punctual and respect their time.
The Houston Chronicle suggests that if you are turning down a job due to another offer you have accepted, you wait until the new paperwork is signed — or until the offer becomes official before you decline the first offer.
If you have signed contracts with your employer, or any paperwork that you are leaving behind, it is important to get in touch as soon as possible. BrioHR says that if you decline a job after signing a contract, it could constitute a breach. The company may be entitled to seek damages.
BrioHR says that this is unlikely, because the company will have to prove your refusal to accept the position caused damage. If the employer indicates that they may take legal action against you, then contact an employment attorney. )
According to ZipRecruiter.com, a job market online, the employer might require that you work for some time or submit a resignation notice two weeks before your departure.
The website states that most employers would rather let you go of your contract than spend time onboarding and training an employee who has already quit. Give the company enough time to decide.
Do not contact via email
Steinitz says that this is “a little bit of a cop-out to avoid confrontation.” Steinitz, however, says this is a “little bit of an excuse to avoid confrontation .”
Communicate with the business via a video or phone call.
Be honest, upfront and specific
You have a good reason for declining the offer of employment you accepted. You should explain to the employer why you are taking a new job. It could be because of a higher salary, better benefits, balancing work and life, or if it’s merely based on commuting distance. This will make them more understanding of your choice and could lead them to reconsider their benefits, salary, or other offers to potential new employees.
Steinitz: “The better you communicate, the more effective you will be.”
You may not believe it, but declining an offer of employment you have already accepted does not necessarily mean you will never work with the employer again. Mishandling the situation can lead to future job opportunities being closed.
Be sure to thank the company for their offer. It will help you maintain a good relationship with your company if you decline the offer gracefully.
You should thank everyone who helped you get the offer of employment, including the interviewers, HR personnel, and anyone else involved.
Steinitz advises, “Put on your best face and know that your reputation will go a long ways.”