Tips for Asking for Time to Consider a Job Offer
You’ve successfully interviewed, you’ve wowed the hiring manager, and you have an offer for a new job. It sounds wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to start the next phase of your career, and it is terrific that you were the candidate who was selected. But, what if you’re not sure that you want the job?
When You’re Not Sure You Want the Position
If your gut or a little voice in the back of your head is saying you’re not sure you should accept the offer, step back and take some time to consider whether you really do want it before you commit to the employer.
Here are some questions you can ask about employee benefits.
You will also need to know when the company wants you to start, so you can plan a transition from your current job to the new one. That will factor into your decision making, as well.
If you’re not 100 percent sure you want the job, consider negotiating the compensation package so you’re sure the position is the right fit for you. There are many parts of an employment offer that are negotiable, in addition to salary. You may be able to negotiate an offer that will make you feel more comfortable about accepting.
When you start the job may be negotiable as well, and having extra time before you join a company may make your decision easier. Review these tips for negotiating a start date for a new job.
What Not to Say to the Hiring Manager
There are some things you shouldn’t say when you’re looking for extended time to contemplate a decision.
Don’t lose the offer because you were rude or abrupt when you got it.
Even if the money isn’t enough and the job isn’t what you want, be gracious and appreciative when you decline. Nobody likes to be rejected, and that includes hiring managers.
Here are a few things you should avoid saying:
- I don’t know if I want the job, I’ll let you know.
- I’ll get back to you.
- I’m not sure, I’ll think about it.
- I thought the job would pay more.
- I don’t like the position or hours.
If this job isn’t a perfect match, but you like the employer, there may be another position available that you’d be interested in. Keeping the conversation positive will open the door to those future opportunities. Negativity will probably knock you off the potential hire list.
Dangers of Delaying
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t wait too long to decide whether to accept or reject a job. Most job offers aren’t open ended, and you don’t want to risk losing yours by procrastinating or waiting too long. It’s also important to respond to the employer right away, even if it’s to ask for more time. Ignoring the offer while you figure out what to do could cost you the position.
Keep in mind that if you don’t respond in a timely manner, the company could withdraw the offer, as some parts of the offer (a hiring bonus, for example) could be time sensitive and could expire, or the employer may need someone who can start by a specific date. If you don’t have the availability, you may not get the job.
Do take the time to be sure the job is the right one for you, but don’t spend too much time deciding. Most employers like to fast track the hiring process, and delays make it difficult for everyone.
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