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The Tricks You Need For Rejecting A Job Interview Gently

Though you may be chomping at the bit for an employment opportunity and entry into your desired field, there’s always a difference between your dream job and ‘any’ job. In some cases, you may have sent through multiple applications to so many companies that it’s all become a blur.

But what happens when the job offers start to come in, and you need to worry about turning some of them down?

Though it might seem to be an enviable position, there may be a number of reasons why these particular positions are not right for you.

One of the most common reasons that recruiters often hear is time as a major factor in deciding whether or not a job should be taken.

If you are too busy, it’s not the right time, or you simply don’t think this is the right step for you to take, declining a job interview might seem like an incredibly daunting task, particularly during these challenging times.

When Is Declining The Interview The Right Call? 

If it’s not the right call for you, you’ll know for sure on your own terms. But if you’re looking for additional reasons to make the declined offer seem more ‘valid’ to others, you could try:

  • You have accepted another job offer, as someone already offered a better offer to you.
  • There are too many dealbreakers (red flags, mandatory overtime, lack of contact) that affected your perspective on the offer.
  • The offer doesn’t align with your overall vision of how you wish to continue in your career progress.
  • Your personal plans or circumstances have changed since applying, and it is no longer suitable for you to take the opportunity.
  • Your work situation has changed – you may have applied for the position before being promoted, or are happier at your current role than when you originally applied.

How Should You Decline A Job Interview?

Before sending that rejection letter, or making the call, you should:

  • Make absolutely sure that you want to turn down the opportunity.
  • Aim to respond within a few days, so that it looks like careful consideration and thought was given to the opportunity (even if it was an instant ‘no’ on your part.
  • Start with thanking them for their time and for the opportunity in your rejection.
  • Keep the reasoning behind the rejection brief and vague.
  • Suggest someone else – if you know someone for whom the role might fit better, you could direct the recruiter’s attention to them instead.

If you’re someone who often finds it difficult to make large lump sum payments for goods or services, you may want to consider looking into “Buy Now Pay Later” services.

Buy now pay later essentially means that, rather than paying in a full lump sum payment for a product or services rendered, there may be an option to pay through instalments of a certain amount over a set period to make the sum of the full amount in total. This method should allow you to pay in full for the product or service without overly straining your finances – you pay back what you can, as agreed upon when you begin the buy now pay later service.

Some popular buy now pay later services include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Brightepay, and some credit card networks such as  Mastercard and Visa, can offer buy now pay later arrangements.

Though it can be a convenient, immediate solution, it may be challenging to juggle the necessary repayments with other financial commitments. It’s not always the most appropriate method for people, and you should bear in mind your situation and ability in paying back the amounts. 

Before you sign up, keep in mind: 

  • It becomes easier to overspend with buy now pay later services, so know your limits on what you can and can’t afford.
  • You will be charged fees and costs to use the service, which can add up to a princely sum in and of itself.
  • Keeping track of your payments can be tricky if you’ve signed up for multiple services.
  • It could affect your loan applications for a car or mortgage as lenders consider buy now pay later spending just as much as your credit score.
  • Late repayments can appear on your credit report, which affects your ability to borrow money in the future.
  • Layby can be a cheaper alternative to buy now pay later, with no account-keeping or late fees to consider

If you are someone who could make use of BNPL services, you may wish to:

  • Ensure that when using the BNPL service, you stick to a set limit on what you spend so that you can comfortably pay it back later. 
  • Aim only to have one BNPL account at a time to manage payments through, rather than confuse yourself with multiple payments across different providers.
  • Always budget for bills, loan payments and BNPL payments, and 
  • Rather than use your credit card for payments to your BNPL account, consider linking to your debit account instead.

If you would like assistance in planning your financial future, help in managing your budget or some friendly advice, see us for a chat about what we can do for you.


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