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Polite Way to Turn Down a Job?

  1. 2 I interviewed for a position last week that I wasn't sure that I wanted. At the end of the interview, the supervisor let me know that she was interested in hiring me. I knew that I was going to have another interview yesterday for a job that I was really more interested in, so I told her that I did have another interview and she asked me to call her after my interview to let her know what I had decided.

    My interview yesterday for the job that I really want went very, very well and the person who interviewed me called this morning to offer me the job and I accepted. However, I have not called the lady who interviewed me last week back yet to tell her of this decision, because I don't know a polite way to say, in effect, "Thanks, but no thanks." One of the reasons why I am turning this position down is because it is for a very, very small (census of less than 10 patients) hospice company and the job that I accepted gives me a lot more stability because I will be working for a very large hospital system. Would it be inappropriate to tell her that I was concerned about the company being so small that I wouldn't get many hours (it was a contingent position) and I needed more stability than that? What exactly would you tell her? I just hate to call but I promised her I would and I can't break a promise.
  2. 8 Comments

  3. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
    "I truly appreciate your offer, however I have accepted another position that is a better fit for me at this time."
    chare, Dazglue, tryingtohaveitall, and 17 others like this.
  4. Visit  westieluv profile page
    Thanks. Simple, honest, and to the point. Now why didn't I think of that?
    aporte11 likes this.
  5. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
    Quote from westieluv
    Thanks. Simple, honest, and to the point. Now why didn't I think of that?
    Because it's the obvious answer that always eludes us. If it were me, I probably would have wondered what to say as well

    Congrats on the new job!
    mzmae, wooh, and JustBeachyNurse like this.
  6. Visit  westieluv profile page
    Thanks! I did call her and told her approximately what hiddencatRN said, and she sounded disappointed but wished me luck. Short and sweet.

    Thanks again. I am excited to start this new job!
    hiddencatRN and newlvnstudent like this.
  7. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
    Good for you. Sounds like no bridges burned so you might have the opportunity to take a PRN with the first company if you find you need some extra work.
    SHGR likes this.
  8. Visit  whichone'spink profile page
    Thank the manager for the job offer, then tell them you have taken a position elsewhere. Mention that perhaps at a later time you might apply for a position with that company again at a later time, and that's that.
  9. Visit  Good Morning, Gil profile page
    Congrats on the new job!
    katnurseswims likes this.
  10. Visit  mommyof2Tees profile page
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