Santa Clara University

Career Center

How Do I Accept or Reject an Offer?

  • iconAccepting

    If you've received a job offer from an employer that you feel is a good fit for you, don't let the job offer itself stop you from taking advantage of a great opportunity, even if salary negotiations fail. Accept enthusiastically and have confidence your great performance will be noticed.

    Once you accept a job offer you should stop all other interviewing. If you find yourself in an ethical dilemma about having accepted a position and realizing that it wasn't the best decision for you, please discuss this with a member of the Career Center staff.

    Sample Acceptance Letter (PDF)

  • iconDeclining

    If you are offered a position you feel you "should" accept because you fear you will not have other options, think carefully before you accept. Do not accept an offer before you are ready. If you are being pressured to accept and the employer is firm about needing to know before you're ready, seriously consider listening to your hesitancy and turning the offer down. Acceptance of an employment offer should be made in good faith and with the sincere intention to honor the commitment. Once you make a commitment to start the job, reneging on your commitment would be viewed as unprofessional and unethical.

    If you’ve given yourself enough time to truly evaluate an offer and determine the position is not a good fit for you, demonstrate your appreciation and respect for the organization that made you the offer by turning it down as quickly as you can. Call the employer to verbally decline the position or write a brief, concise letter releasing the position. In either case, remember that this truly is a small world and you might meet these people again.

    Sample Rejection Letter (PDF)

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