Declining a job offer based on salary

Written by chris yokum
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Declining a job offer based on salary is not an uncommon thing. There are many factors that may influence your decision to accept a new position. However, the salary that goes along with a specific position is one of the most important ones. Here are some suggestions on how to decline a job because of salary.

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    Think first before declining a job offer. Make a list of the pros and cons of accepting the job. If your lists of cons outweigh the number of pros, then you may want to avoid accepting the job offer. Salary is one of the most common reasons for not accepting a job offer. During interview sessions employers will usually try their best to skip over the salary portion.

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    Allow the prospective employer to discuss as many details about the job as possible. Once they've asked if you have any questions, take this chance to inquire about the salary that accompanies the position. You'll also need to ask if the salary stays at one level or will increase over a certain period of time. Advise the potential employer that you will think about the job offer and get back to them with a definite answer.

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    Place a call to the prospective employer and inform them of your decision not to take the job offer. Although you don't want this particular job now, a prospective employer will be impressed that you took the initiative to follow through on a promise to contact them with an answer.

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    Write a detailed letter explaining the reason you're not taking the job offer. Be completely honest about the situation. Advise the employer that your decision may change if the initial salary discussed were to be changed to the amount you would prefer. If your skills and experience are phenomenal, most prospective employers will jump at the chance to retain you for the position.

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    Send a separate "Thank You" letter about a week after sending the previous letter. Even if the prospective employer doesn't change the salary requirements, you'll still want to stay in a positive light. Not many job candidates send a "Thank You" letter after not accepting a position. Doing this will also help to keep you on a waiting list for future jobs that match your requirements.

Tips and warnings

  • Always remain professional when declining a job offer.
  • Don't agree to take the position in a hurry and then turn around to decline it.

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