Accepting or declining a job offer

Whether you accept or decline, be sure your message is received well

The top two outcomes of your job offer evaluation are to accept or decline. You can also ask for more time to make your decision.

Instructions: Click Accept or Decline to see how to best communicate your decision.


If you receive a verbal offer, it is acceptable to accept it in the same way. However, it’s in your best interests to ask for a written offer. This will help you and the employer avoid any uncomfortable confusion about your expectations. This written offer should include most of the following:

  • Your base salary or hourly rate
  • A description of your benefits package
  • The amount of vacation and sick days you receive
  • Working hours and conditions (such as work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with two 15 minute breaks and a one hour lunch)
  • Start date

You can also accept an offer by writing your own letter. It should include the same information listed above.


If you wish to decline the job offer, do so in writing. Create a short, polite letter that:

  • Thanks the company representative for the opportunity and his or her time
  • Declines the offer
  • Lists the main reason for the declination (such as you believe the salary does not adequately represent your skills and qualifications)

Click the Next button to continue.