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A conundrum

Now here's a question. Say you get a job offer from a company you don't really want to work for: it's part time, and they're not offering you anywhere near what would be appropriate in regards to the cost of living in your area. How long can you appropriately put them off while you scrabble around to see if any other companies have made their decisions regarding you, and if no-one else has made a decision, how do you or can you say no?

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ttocs
Oct. 30th, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
"I need some time to think about and evaluate this offer, when do you need a decision by?"

And then if it is a no, simply say now, and then if they ask for details, explain that you had better options elsewhere.

Or if you truly feel the offer is insultingly low, say it up front. I'm sorry, I can't accept that offer as it doesn't come close to paying the bills, and it would prevent me from finding a job that does. (Phrased to turn them down as opposed to try to elicit a better offer)
lconover
Oct. 30th, 2003 01:43 pm (UTC)
I think the key here is to stay polite but firm. Burning bridges is a bad thing - you never know who you'll run into at a job interview a year from now.

You need full time work, not part-time games. Did you apply for the position as a part-time position (was it advertised that way) or were they deceptive about the nature of the job (listed full time but only called you re: part time) ?

If the job posting was incomplete (IE: didn't indicate that it was for part time work only) I would say to them, "Thank you for the offer. However, due to my current circumstances I can only consider full-time employment."

If they counter with a full-time offer (which I seriously doubt they would, seeing as they're playing part-time games) be armed with the salary data for the area when they repeat their laughable wage offer. Or, if you still absolutely don't want to work for them, thank them for their time and indicate that you don't feel you're a perfect fit for that particular job at this time.
lizzibabe
Oct. 31st, 2003 12:33 pm (UTC)
I can't say they were deceptive about the fulltime/parttime aspect. they did say up front that it was part time. Josh reminded me that part time was not an option, and told me that i should either not go to the interview, or be prepared to turn down the offer. I felt, however, that "any interview is a good interview," so i went.

I guess i'll have to say something about, "I don't think i'd be a good fit for this company," and apologize for taking up their time.
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