The most exciting part of the job or internship search process is receiving an offer.
Once you receive an offer, though, your work’s not done yet. You need to decide
whether to accept or reject it.
The Career Center is here to help you through any stage of this process. If you
need help deciding how to handle a job offer, CALL US at 312.362.8437 or walk-in
to either location! Be sure to tell the front desk that you’re dealing with a job
offer and that the issue is time sensitive. We will answer your question as quickly
When receiving a job offer, there are several personal and professional factors
you should consider in making your decision. Consider:
Do not hesitate to ask the employer for more details about what it is like to work
for their organization. If you have reservations about an internship or job offer
or are actively interviewing with other companies, contact an employer to see if
you can be given more time to decide.
Don’t feel obligated to negotiate the compensation package with an employer. It
is not necessary if you feel the employer is making you a fair offer based on your
skills, experience and market value for the position. Not all entry-level compensation
packages are negotiable.
Once you have sorted through your priorities and chosen the offer that best meets
your needs, call the employer to accept the position. Request to receive the desired
offer in writing. If that is not the company’s normal policy, then follow up with
a confirmation email or letter that includes the position, start date, rate of pay
and any other terms the employer agreed upon. Keep a copy of the company’s letter,
and/or your confirmation letter, for future reference.
Don’t accept an offer if it is a “safety” internship or job. Accepting opportunities
as a “back up” can lead to difficult situations in the future. Additionally, you
are taking a job opportunity away from another student or alumnus that an employer
may have hired.
Once you have accepted an offer, do not continue to apply for other jobs and interview.
If an organization finds out that you are pursuing other opportunities after accepting
their offer, you can risk your reputation and offer with that organization.
Contact the employer by phone or email to state you are declining the offer. Indicate
your appreciation for the offer and the opportunity to interview. Consider following
up by sending a rejection letter thanking those who interviewed you for their time
and stating some of the factors that interested you in the organization.
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