You mastered the interview questions and answers and it happened!

You’ve been offered a job.

 

Suddenly anxiety and anticipation have given way to cold reality: Do you want this job or not? Here’s how long you can take to answer a job offer, and what you should consider before you say yes or no.

1.) The job offer itself.

Most job offers have an expiration date. Either the recruiter/employer will outright tell you over the phone or through email, or the job offer letter will specify a deadline. It’s usually one week after you get offered the job—that’s a standard time to “think it over” and come to a decision. Sometimes there won’t be a specified date. Whoever offers you the job will say something vague like “let me know soon,” or an email will ask for a response at your “earliest convenience.” This is a little tricky. You can justifiably take about a week if you want, but the employer might expect you to respond sooner (as in a situation where they think they’ve offered you a really good position). Generally, you can wait up to three work days without hurting any feelings if there’s not a hard deadline.

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How Long Can You Take to Respond to a Job Offer?
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How Long Can You Take to Respond to a Job Offer?
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You've been offered a job. Do you want it or not? Here's how long you can take to answer a job offer, and what you should consider before you say yes or no.
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2020-09-15T16:55:48-04:00

2 Comments

  1. fundacja-helios.pl July 15, 2020 at 21:02 - Reply

    Great post.

  2. Richard J. Kennedy September 4, 2020 at 11:06 - Reply

    Very good article. A great way to buy some time in responding to a job offer is to communicate to the HR contact or hiring manager that you have to discuss the offer with your spouse or significant other. Everyone will understand that and cut you some slack.

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