I am a new grad RN. I was looking for RN jobs on the west coast but had no luck. I accepted a job here in my home state and will be starting next week. Last night I received an interview invite for an amazing medical center on the west coast next week. I unfortunately cannot go because 1) the airline ticket is $700 but hotel expenses! 2) I start orientation next week.
It is my dream job in my dream location but I have to play it safe and stick with my current job. I guess I can gain experience here and find a job on the west coast in the future. How can I politely decline so that they will still consider me in the future? I don't want to mention that I can't afford it... I wish it came at a different time!
Jul 3, '13
Thank them for the opportunity ("Thank you very much for the opportunity," etc.), be honest about your situation, and be sure to end the conversation on a good note. The key is not to burn bridges or act like you are "blowing them" off. Just as you've said, you want to politely decline the interview [but will be sure to contact them in the future about possible opportunities especially because you'll have more experience, etc.].
Jul 5, '13
"Thank you for the opportunity to interview with Dream Hospital. Regretfully, I must decline as I have accepted a position at Safe Hospital. However, I plan to relocate to the West Coast in 2016. Dream Hospital is an excellent organization (gush a little about it here), and when I relocate, I look forward to developing my nursing career with you. I will contact Dream Hospital in the future when I am ready to explore employment opportunities."
Something like that. Sorry if it's rough--I'm not caffeinated yet.