Offer and Rejection

As a recruitment process draws to an end, after you have spent many painstaking hours working hard researching companies, preparing and undertaking job interviews, you are likely to receive an outcome and feedback regarding your application. Typically, this will either result in an offer of employment or notification to inform you that you have not been successful.

Hopefully for you, this is the former and you have been offered the position you’ve been aiming for. However, if this is not the case then it is important to get the necessary feedback to put yourself in a better position for the next time. Either way, it is important to learn from your past experience as to what you did right and which area (s) you need to improve upon.


Job Offer

If you have been successful and you are greeted by the news that the prospective employer would like to make you an offer of employment. It is important to take time to think about the offer they have made, don’t be so quick to accept this right away.


Show your appreciation by thanking the person making the offer, either by phone or email and state how delighted you are to be offered the position. Starting this way sets a good tone for the conversation which may follow, irrespective of if you intend to accept the offer as it stands, or if you would prefer to try and negotiate a better offering. It is important to continue your enthusiasm and reiterate your interest in the company and position.


Once you have thanked the relevant parties, request to have the full offer put in writing. This document should, as a bare minimum, contain information such as the job title of the position, start date, salary and details regarding additional benefits and working hours. This makes the offer official and gives you a chance to review the details thoroughly, to make sure you completely understand what you’re being offered.


If there are elements of the offer that you are unhappy with or unsure about, or if you have decided that you would like to negotiate the terms of the offer for example the salary, respond by saying that you have reviewed the offer and that you would like to set up a time to discuss a particular element of it in more detail. When negotiating a salary, remember to take a collaborative as opposed to a confrontational approach.


Once the negotiations are complete and you are happy and ready to accept, reiterate all the details as you understand them in your acceptance, especially if your offer has changed from the initial offer. This should be finalised with an amended official offer letter in writing.


Once this has been finalised, ask about what the next steps are. Ask what other paper work and documentation are required from you and conclude by highlighting your intentions to hand your notice in to your current employer. Then agree a suitable start date with your new employer.



Rejection is never pleasant and can often be viewed as a sign of failure which can severely dent your confidence. It is, however, important not to dwell on being turned down and important to focus on the positives and the bigger picture. Be objective. Learn from past experience and use it to focus on core strengths and build upon perceived weaknesses by working on development areas to ultimately improve the way you perform at interview but also to ensure that you are focussing on the right type of opportunities.

It is vital to learn from your past experiences. Ensure you receive as much constructive feedback from the process as possible and use this information to develop and equip yourself for future selection processes so you can better prepare yourself.

However, it is important to remember that if you did perform to the best of your abilities and conveyed all your relevant expertise, demonstrated your competencies and were at your most engaging during the interview, but still did not succeed - take comfort that the role or company might just not have been for you.