WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU RECEIVE AN OFFER BUT ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM OTHER COMPANIES? Most students express interest in many companies as part of the job search... and you should! It is very common to receive an offer while you are still in communication with other companies. The most important thing to do is to BE HONEST! Let the company know you are in the middle of an aggressive job search and you would like to request additional time before you respond to their offer. It is helpful to inform the company that you are very interested in the job but that you feel you must honor the interview commitments you have with other companies. Ask for some additional time. Most employers are comfortable with extending you extra time.
DECLINING AN OFFER - If you decide to decline an offer of employment, please decline the offer politely. The most appropriate method is to decline as soon as you have made the decision. This allows the company to move along to the next candidate in line. Call as soon as you have made your decision and follow up the phone call with a letter politely declining the offer. The letter should be sent using regular mail service. Do not decline an offer by email. Be sure to indicate your appreciation of the offer and include something positive about the company because you never want to close the door for a future opportunity.