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E-mail declining offer

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:58 pm

Hi. I'm a paranoid 1L noob so please bear with my noob question: What/how do I decline an offer where I'd given the interviewer the impression that I really wanted the internship? They gave me two weeks to respond and I am declining 3 days before the deadline.

I feel quite terrible about it but have a better offer so I am just unsure as to how to decline without burning a bridge. I'd like the opportunity to possible work there in the future.

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby Lincoln » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:17 pm

No one really cares about the wording as long as you are polite.

Dear ____,

It was a pleasure to visit your office and learn more about [insert name of office or whatever it is they do]. Although I truly appreciate your offer to intern with you this coming summer, I have decided to pursue another opportunity. I nonetheless hope we will get an opportunity to work together at some point in the future.

Sincerely,

Anon

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby anon168 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hi. I'm a paranoid 1L noob so please bear with my noob question: What/how do I decline an offer where I'd given the interviewer the impression that I really wanted the internship? They gave me two weeks to respond and I am declining 3 days before the deadline.

I feel quite terrible about it but have a better offer so I am just unsure as to how to decline without burning a bridge. I'd like the opportunity to possible work there in the future.


Are their phones broken? Or do you not have a phone?

Call. Don't email.

And when you call, begin with something pithy like "Thank you so much for offer, and while I enjoyed meeting everyone at the office and have no doubt I would have benefited tremendously with the opportunity to work with all of the amazing people there, I have ____."

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby Void » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:59 am

anon168 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Hi. I'm a paranoid 1L noob so please bear with my noob question: What/how do I decline an offer where I'd given the interviewer the impression that I really wanted the internship? They gave me two weeks to respond and I am declining 3 days before the deadline.

I feel quite terrible about it but have a better offer so I am just unsure as to how to decline without burning a bridge. I'd like the opportunity to possible work there in the future.


Are their phones broken? Or do you not have a phone?

Call. Don't email.

And when you call, begin with something pithy like "Thank you so much for offer, and while I enjoyed meeting everyone at the office and have no doubt I would have benefited tremendously with the opportunity to work with all of the amazing people there, I have ____."


Why would you call? That seems crazy to me. If I were this employer I would be pissed off that I wasted my time taking a call from some 1L declining my internship offer. I think a short but polite email is the right way to do it.

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby DebtandTaxes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:20 am

Email. Do not call.

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Postby Myself » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:01 am

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby Lincoln » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:51 am

ajax adonis wrote:Would you guys say the same if it was a full-time offer?


If I was turning down a full-time offer at the end of a summer associateship, I would definitely call my partner/mentor/whatever. But for a 1L internship, although I don't think it's a big deal either way, I would probably shoot an email (that the person won't read beyond "I have decided to pursue another opportunity").

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Re: E-mail declining offer

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:22 pm

anon168 wrote:
Are their phones broken? Or do you not have a phone?


OP here: Are you typically rude when you offer suggestions?




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