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10/16/10
Interview Invitation. How to politely reject
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 8:54 am

Everyone wishes they are faced with this situation!
Not really…

We have reported on this job search previously .
Now she began her career at the institution
she targeted as her first choice.  Unexpectedly,
the third company called to invite her for a
second, comprehensive interview.

She waited to respond until after our discussion.

Listed below are response recommendations,
her actions and other thoughts about this situation.

Recommendations:
1.  Please don’t respond via email.  Do it in
person directly to the staffer or hiring manager
who contacted you.  This could be on the phone
or in person. 

2.  If it is possible to do it in person, stop by
during regular hours.  To make a strong
impression you might wear your garb and working
outfit.

3.  Tell them that you had a tough decision to
make.  They made a very good impression on
you.  However, you had to decide the week you
interviewed with them.  So, you selected another
institution.  You are sure they would have
provided an equally attractive offer.  But their
timing was not good for you.
You received another the offer and needed to
start working.  You love it.

4.  Thank them for their efforts in your behalf.

5.  Benefit:  recommend people in your network
still seeking a position.
By being there with your scrubs on sends a
professional signal to them.  Print out copies
of your friends’ resumes that you highly
recommend. 

Her Actions:
She phoned and reached an administrative staffer.
She employed items 3 and 4, above.

Other recommendations:  1 
1.  Say: No, thank you.  (civility!)
2.  Be as upfront as you can.  If you are saying
‘no’ for a particular reason, tell the person on the
other side of the phone call or table what the reason
is.

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