How can I politely refuse a job interview?
I applied for a secretarial job online. It didn't state the salary, but I have been contacted by email and offered an interview for the job and they have stated the salary within the email. Unfortunately this is way too low for my age and expertise - it is more a junior salary and I am 41 years of age! How can I put this across politely? It is a £6,000 drop in salary per year which I cannot possibly afford to drop down to. I can just about manage on what I earn now.
Asked By: Hello - 10/8/2012
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Just say thank you for the offer of an interview but the salary on offer is lower than you would be prepared to work for. They won't be offended and realistically must have realised you are worth more than they are offering.
Answered By: Haggi - 10/8/2012
Additional Answers (5)
You could thank them for the invitation but unfortunately you have accepted another offer (which is partially true since you are accepting to stay where you are for the moment.)
Answered By: Blue - 10/8/2012
Two options - go for the interview and have a salary discussion there (they may be willing to negotiate and just put down what the minimum they'd pay is) or if not, say something like "thank you very much for your email, unfortunately I cannot pursue the position with the salary as offered and if this figure is firm I... More
Answered By: shortie - 10/8/2012
Of course they are going to offer less. Companies want to save money too. As another poster stated, you should thank them for their offer, and you would be delighted to interview with them, but let them know the salary is not near the range that your experience and qualifications would deem appropriate. They will... More
Answered By: the DT - 10/8/2012
I always just say I have accepted a job offer today, wanted to tell them to cancel my interview, and thank them for their time,
Answered By: MrsBossLady - 10/8/2012
No need to sweat about it. You aren't required to justify it if you decide not to accept their interview. your reasons are private, and you don't have to explain yourself. Just politely say no thanks, you're no longer available to take the position, but be sure to thank them for their time.
Answered By: suedeenim - 10/8/2012
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