What can you do when you reconsider your decision about taking up a job offer that you have already accepted? Are you even sure about your decision to decline it? If the answer to that question is yes, then proceed with the following tips to tactfully back out of a job offer that you've already accepted so that you are not at a loss during such a situation.
Read What The Offer Letter Says
Did you sign any contract before the offer letter was raised? What do the terms and conditions say? Does your offer letter contain anything regarding the conditions? Read it carefully.
In case, there is no mention of a bond or compensation on not joining, there is no necessity for you to fret. Just in case there is, don't fret. Look at all the legal aspects.
If you are not clear about the legal complications, consult a lawyer right away. Check with them on how to deal with the legalities. A lawyer will definitely tell you how to go clutches-free of your quandary as you have not joined the company yet.
Delaying will only cause you more trouble as the company would be making arrangements to accommodate you and you not turning up would result in waste of their money and efforts.
Inform the company first thing, but do it tactfully and do not have any expectations about a specific kind of response. Be prepared for any kind of reaction.
The employer had accepted to hire you on a trust basis even if you had not signed a contract. So be courteous enough to talk politely even when you are expressing a denial.
Thank The Recruiter
Express gratitude before announcing the bad news. Tell them how much their trust means to you and then open the news of you not joining them. Sometimes, it may come as a disappointment but when you follow such a format of informing, you are pleasing the employer first. That will make a better impression and spawn them to come in cordial terms with you.
Give A Valid Reason
Just because you have the need to inform the employer as soon as possible, don't right away walk into the office and then fumble for reasons. Envision the possible questions that will be raised when you announce your decision and what reasonable answers you could give for them. Some of the common questions are, "why are you declining the offer?", "what made you change your decision?" and "how can you deny an already accepted offer?"
Be Clear About Your Decision
Another important aspect you must be clear about before expressing your decision is if you would settle with the same employer for better opportunities or salary? If you are a good candidate, there are chances you will be asked to stay for raised incentives.
Be Ready To Face The Music
Take responsibility for your decisions. If you are faced with charges or monetary loss because you've declined an accepted offer, do not panic. Be ready to do the needful because that's the only thing you can do anyway.
Depart Without Ill Feelings
If there is a conflict with the employer when you announce it, apart from being polite, also display good attitude. After accepting to pay the compensation, do not show resent on your face or body language.
Since you know that such legalities are certain of ensuing, depart without ill feelings. Shake hands and amicably part after establishing a cordial relationship. You might never know how your good behaviour could help you some day through the same employer.