What to Do If You Don't Want the Job

After the job interview you may decide you would not consider a job offer even if you got one. In that case, you should take yourself out of the running early. While it may be tempting to wait to find out if you got the job, it would not be proper or considerate to do so.

Even if you have decided you don't want the job after all, you should still send a thank-you letter. In that letter, you should thank the recipient for the time she spent meeting with you. You should explain that you no longer want to be considered for the job. If you would like to explain your reasons, go ahead. This is particularly important if you would like to be considered for some other position with the company in the future.

Question

How quickly should I let the employer know I won't consider a job offer?

If you decide you don't want the job on the day of the interview, wait twenty-four hours before you reveal this information to the employer. Give yourself time to change your mind. Once you send that letter, you can't take back your decision.

Here are two sample thank-you letters that let an interviewer know you are no longer interested in the position.

SAMPLE LETTER #1

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Lisa Evans4141 Park RoadEvanston, IL 60201

October 3, 2009

Mr. David GrandSenior Account ExecutiveTriangle Corporation314 E. Pine StreetEvanston, IL 60201

Dear Mr. Grand:

Thank you for interviewing me yesterday for the position of assistant account executive. I appreciate the time you spent with me.

After careful consideration I have decided that I am no longer interested in this position.

Again, thank you for your time.

Yours truly,Lisa Evans

SAMPLE LETTER #2

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Thomas Jones75 Bryant AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94108

August 6, 2009

Mr. Eric PetersVice President of Product DevelopmentQ & H Corporation402 West 3rd StreetSan Francisco, CA 94108

Dear Mr. Peters:

Thank you for meeting with me yesterday afternoon regarding the marketing assistant position.

After mulling it over for the last twenty-four hours, I would like to take myself out of the running for this position. After spending three years in a similar job, I feel I am now ready for a greater challenge. If a position comes up in which I can better utilize my experience and skills, I hope you'll consider me.

Thank you again for your time. If you have any questions, please call me at (415) 555-2288 or e-mail me at tjones@homenet.com.

Sincerely,Tom Jones

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