Ways of Postponing a Job Offer Without Burning the Bridge

What happens if two jobs are offered at once? What if you get told you have passed an interview at a company, but you are still waiting to hear from a more prominent company?

It can be challenging to find yourself in a career dilemma. No one wants to take on the job out of pressure or without considering other options. You wanted to wait to see what other potential employers had in store. You are afraid you may lose the chance.

This brings us to the following question: Is there a way to postpone a job without having to turn down the employer who offered it? There are. These are some instrumental pieces of advice that can help you decide between certainty and chance.

1. Request time to make a decision

Tell employers straight up that you are open to considering all options before accepting the job. People appreciate honesty in business relationships. Although it may not be appreciated by them, asking for some time to view the situation would definitely earn you their trust. The problem is not complex for most people. It’s okay to tell them that you are in the final stages of selecting an employer. Guilt is not unreasonable. You are still not committed to the employer who asks you to join them.

2. Take a vacation

Ask them if they are available to discuss details of the job after a period of vacation. I will be surprised by how generous they are in giving you time to consider the proposal. You don’t have to lie. Get out of your comfort zone and get some fresh air. You need it to decide if this is the right opportunity for you. If you keep the same routine at home, it’s difficult to clearly define your options. This is one way to postpone a job offer. It won’t make them feel doubtful about working with you. You need to take a break before you get too tired from the corporate grind.

3. Ask for a copy of any employment information or company data

Ask about the company. Ask for a brochure or a press release. Also, ask about their benefits packages. You will not only have the information you need to assess the quality of your employers’ work, but you can also take the time to consider it as they are processing the documents. You’ll also make them feel like you care about working with them by getting to know their business.

4. Say thank you

This is the secret sauce. Thank them for choosing you as an employee. Companies appreciate employees feeling valued and appreciated. Even if it is difficult to tell your boss that you are still considering other options, let them know that you understand the opportunity to be chosen from hundreds of other applicants. You don’t have to cancel a job offer just because you aren’t offered it. It’s essential to keep the relationships intact and be thankful, even if the job offer is not accepted.

Melinda Edwards is a career consultant. She has been invited to many events and forums on human resource management. She is also a time management expert and effectively fulfills both her career as a mother and career woman.