What to do if a candidate rejects you
Find out how to create a win-win situation for everyone if a candidate decides to reject your offer for a new job in your business here
We hope, of course, that this never happens to you, but there are occasions when a candidate may reject your inital job offer
Here are our tips to achieve a win-win for everyone:
Look out for warning signs in advance
Being able to spot potential difficulties in advance will help you prepare for them, so look out for things like the candidate dragging their feet throughout the process. If they're going for another job, or purely testing the water, they may not be very keen to rush straight into things. Also, if their language isn't very engaging with you and your organisation, they may just be going through the motions, and have failed to really connect with your brand.
It's also worthwhile asking a candidate questions in an interview to pre-empt a potential pitfall . Ask them why they are leaving their current role and whether they would stay there if they got offered something else? Why are they interested in your specific role? And the killer question – are they currently interviewing for anything else? Read our separate article on how to conduct an interview here.
Find out why
If your candidate has rejected a job offer get as many details as you can as to why. Is it multiple reasons, or just one? Speak to them in person or on the phone if possible, to get a really good idea of where they are and their reasoning, this will allow you to plan your next steps more effectively.
If you think there might be the slimmest of chances of them changing their mind, ask them to hold fire, and give them a timeframe of when you'll get back in touch with them.
Fight or flight
Now it's up to you to weigh up the options. Are you prepared to put up a fight for this candidate, or are you happy to cut your losses and move on? Only you can decide in each specific circumstance how perfect you think each candidate is for you, but make sure you spend time weighing up the pros and cons.
If you're cutting your losses, quickly get back in touch with your second choice candidate (if you have one) and begin negotiations with them. It might also be worth reading our article on how to choose between candidates.
If you're putting up a fight, make sure you read our article on constructing an offer to give yourself the best possible chance of success.
Or head back to our employer advice section.