Need More Time to Decide on an Offer?

I often have students inquire about the best way to request more time for decisions on job offers.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes you just need more time to think over the opportunity.  Of course you don’t want to burn any bridges either.  So, what is the best way to handle this situation?   In Aine Cain’s March 19, 2018 blog post on Business Insider, she shares some steps to follow:

  1. Show excitement and gratitude.  Be enthusiastic but indicate you need a little more time to make an informed decision.
  2. Understand the whole picture.   Do you still have questions that may help with your decision?  Asking those questions may help stall for time.
  3. Ask for a specific amount of time.   Give a set date and stick to it.
  4. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
  5. Strategize with any other offers.  This is an opportunity put some diplomatic pressure in place.
  6. Don’t burn bridges.  It’s a small world–those same people may reappear in your future.
  7. Formally accept or turn down the job.  Don’t just leave an employer hanging.  And, if you decline the offer, be sure to follow up with a gracious email.

Think ahead about how you will handle situations like this.  It is better to be prepared in advance than trying to figure out a solution at the last minute. Read more on this topic here.

By Kim Austin
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