How to Decline A Position You Have Already Accepted After Receiving A Better Offer at Another Company.

2 min readSep 27, 2021

Sometimes, career life works out really well and in your favor.

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If you’re one of the lucky ones who have been successfully sifted and selected for multiple companies, then use this strategy to top up your benefits and salary with the company or organization you’d like to work at the most.

Thank you so much for considering me for this position. I am really honored to be accepted on your team.

During your consideration process, I’ve sat a few other interviews for a similar position at other companies, and I’m leaning towards another offer. My decision is not at all a reflection of this job offer — in fact, were it not for their [additional perks in their benefits package, slightly higher salary, gym membership, etc.], the choice would have been clear as I feel your company has a bit more of a stronger cultural fit for my career progression.

If you can come closer to matching their offer, I would welcome reconsidering your post. If it’s not possible at this time, then regretfully, I must decline.

Thank you so much again for the kind opportunity. I wish you the best and believe you’ll find an excellent candidate who will also commit to serving you well.

With this approach, you can possibly squeeze more money from either position and negotiate a better and more wholesome job offer on your terms. You also have the opportunity to walk away on friendly terms because you’ve let them know it’s absolutely nothing personal—only business. Any hiring manager who has self-respect will understand the value of investing in one’s self first.

What I like about this approach the most is that you are negotiating honestly, as you really do have another job to take. Believe me, the right attitude and disposition come through clearly when this is the case (e.g. having multiple offers). Your tone should be able to remain neutral and impassive, which is an indication to the hiring manager that you’re not just trying to slither out more money. You really are just weighing better options.




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