Best Way to Decline a Job Offer?

Question:

October 19, 2009 by sparktalk

Dear Experts,

I got offered a job last week and something doesn’t feel right about it. The people that work there are all very quiet and look almost scared. The boss seems serious, but didn’t act mean. However, when I asked why the position was open, he did comment the last person didn’t have a ’strong enough personality’ for the job. That worries me.

I accepted the job and said I’d start this week, but now I don’t want to go! How should I decline the job?

ANSWER:

Sounds odd… Are you certain that this job isn’t a match for you or do you think you should follow through and determine more concretely if the environment is off?  If you do decide to decline the offer after all, do so.  Be honest about your reasons, but be diplomatic.

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Masters-prepared Certified Disability Management Specialist. Over eighteen years experience in vocational assessment, counseling, and testimony, primarily in rehabilitation services.
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