Dealing with Job Offer / Rejection in the USA



After you are done with the interview or a series of interviews, you should expect to hear from your interviewer or the human resource’s representative in two or three weeks after the last interview. Normally, the more impressed the interviewer with your performance, the faster you will get the follow up news from them.

Based on the interview and the impression that you give throughout the hiring process, the company may give you the job offer or decline to give you one. The reason of the rejection can be because you are over-qualified or under-qualified for the job.



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What is the next step after I get the job offer?

After you get the job offer, you have the option to take the offer or decline the offer. If you like the job and satisfy with the salary, take the job. It is not easy to get a job here in the US. If you like the job but you are not too happy with the salary, try to negotiate your salary. The company expects you to do so, because salary negotiation is very common in the US. It does not show that you are impolite or ungrateful. However, you should remember that you are not in a position to negotiate a salary until you get the job offer.

There are two common ways to accept a job offer: by calling the company back or by sending an acceptance letter. Whether you call the company or write an acceptance letter, do not forget to mention that:

  • You are thankful that the company give you the offer
  • You accept the job
  • You agree with the terms of employment (the position, salary, benefit, working hour, starting work date, location, etc)
  • You are looking forward to join the company

There are may sample acceptance letter available on the internet. Below are some examples:

Sample job acceptance letter #1 (Source: about.com, 2007)

Sample job acceptance letter #2 (Source: quintcareers.com, 2007)

Sample job acceptance letter #3 (Source: Imoat.net, 2007)

Sample job acceptance letter #4 (Source: monstertrak.com, 2007)

If by any reason you want to decline the company offer, you should inform them in a timely manner either in writing or by phone. That way, the company is aware of your decision. When you call the company or write the rejection letter, mention that:

    • You are thankful that the company give you the offer
    • You reject the offer
    • The reason of the rejection

Below are some examples of job rejection letter:

Sample job rejection letter #1 (Source: about.com, 2007)

Sample job rejection letter #2 (Source: quintcareers.com, 2007)

Sample job rejection letter #3 (Source: monstertrak.com, 2007)

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What should I do if I did not get the job?

Even if you did not get the job, you should maintain your professionalism. Ask politely the reason the company decided not to give you the job offer. This will be a good feedback for you. Another important thing, ask them to inform you if there is a new job opening that has similar requirement with the job that you applied. This will create an impression that you really want to work for the company. Chances are small that the company will contact you, but it is worth a try. If another candidate that gets the job offer rejects it, the company might give you the offer if you are their second choice.

Other than that, do not give up, keep applying for jobs and appear for interviews.

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