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How to refuse a job?

20.05.2016

When looking for the job of your dreams, it is normal to spend several interviews in different companies. This gives you an overview of the scope of the job, your future manager and the corporate culture.

If the recruitment process went well you'll usually get one or more proposal (s) job. So you have to make a choice and select the offer that suits you best. It's never easy to say no to a job offer, you need to find the right words to avoid compromising your relationship with the employer.

Here are some tips for refusing a job. 

Show that you enjoyed the exchange with the recruiter

First, it is important to thank the person in charge of recruitment for its proposal and its time. Yes, getting interviews potential candidates is part of his job, but that person probably spent several hours reading your resume, paring your social networks and to make you pass the interviews.

In sum for refusing a job, you must be sincere and thank your interviewer in order not to offend him. For example you can say:

"Thank you very much for your offer of Lead Developer. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application and answering all my questions about the company and the position. "

"I thank you again for the interview last week, I enjoyed meeting with the team and visiting your offices. I enjoyed our discussions on the post Growth Hacker and thank you for this generous offer. "

you must be sincere and thank your interviewer

Give a brief and sincere response

It is very important to give the reason (s) for which you decline the proposal to the recruiter, especially if you have spent a lot of laps in the recruitment process. This reflects a form of vis-à-vis other person respect.

That said, you do not need to go into too much detail. No need to mention the alarms you've seen in your future manager, benefits in kind awesome that you were proposing another company or how you have procrastinated for a week to make your decision.

Being short is probably the best approach. Be honest about the reason you mention to refuse the position. Here are some phrases to say no to an offer:

"After careful consideration, I have decided to accept a position in another company. "

"After much thought, I think this is not the best time to leave my current position. "

"Although this job seems like a great opportunity, I decided to focus my research to another role that will eventually offer me more development prospects. "

Vous n’avez pas besoin de rentrer trop dans le détail

Stay in touch with the recruiter

Le monde est petit, en particulier dans l’univers des startups ! Détendre l’atmosphère peut parfois s’avérer utile pour dédramatiser la situation.  Vous pouvez également faire référence à un sujet dont vous avez discuté, comme un événement ou un hobby commun. 

Sinon, vous pouvez tout simplement souhaiter le meilleur à votre interlocuteur. Vous pouvez par exemple lui dire :

«J’espère vous croiser le mois prochain lors de cette conférence / de ce meetup»

«Cela été un plaisir de vous connaître, et j’espère que nous aurons l’opportunité de nous croiser à nouveau.»

«Encore une fois, je vous remercie pour le temps que vous m’avez accordé, et je vous souhaite tout le meilleur.»


Refuser un poste n’est jamais chose aisée et il est tout à fait normal que vous ne vous sentiez pas à l’aise dans cet exercice.  Mais rappelez-vous, que c’est une étape inévitable pour vous orienter vers le job de vos rêves.

Vous pouvez tout simplement souhaiter le meilleur à votre interlocuteur

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