If you’ve applied to several jobs or internships, some employers might have responded to you with an offer. Congratulations! You’ve gained an opportunity to work in a career field that you are interested in. However, if you’ve received multiple offers from different employers, then the decision to work for just one company might not come easier than expected. We suggest that you review why you applied to each company and come to a definite answer before proceeding with any responses. Accepting or declining an offer is very important and certain steps should be taken to avoid any miscommunication between you and the employer.
Here are some steps to help you with accepting or declining your offers:
1) Look at the details of all your offers. Are you satisfied with the offer you have received from the company? Make sure you compare and review all of your offers before accepting the first off you get.
2) Note the deadline. Employers should have given you ample time to respond to the offers. Wait for your pending offers, but don’t forget to timely respond to your current offers as well.
3) Accept the offer you really want. Consider why you applied to each of the companies. What influenced you to apply to them? Prepare for your decision and be firm of the choices you make.
4) DON’T accept multiple offers and then decline. If you accept multiple offers and decline them later, you’ll be portraying a bad impression upon the employers. Think carefully on the ones you will accept and be able to work with.
5) Decline, but be polite. Send follow up letters to companies you will be declining the offer with. Be polite in your reply and try to maintain a good relationship with those companies.
6) Don’t regret your decision. Any job or internship offer is a great opportunity. Try working in the offers you accepted, and if you have a change of interest you can always apply next time!
By utilizing these tips and advice, you can make clear decisions about the job or internship offers you receive. Don’t be afraid to take a step forward in accepting an offer. Be careful in how you maintain your relationships with employers and always be sincere.
Blog written by Angie Yi, MCB '14