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Is it appropriate to say you’d like to think about it if you are offered a job on the spot at an initial interview?

Tuesday May 14, 2013
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Dear Donna,

Is it appropriate to say you’d like to think about it if you are offered a job on the spot at an initial interview? I don’t want to blow my chances of getting the position if I decide to take it.

On the Spot

Dear Donna replies:

Dear On the Spot,

While immediately being offered a job can be can be very flattering, it always is best to take some time to think over everything just discussed and be certain it is what you want. You could respond with “Wow, that is tempting. I would appreciate the opportunity to sleep on it before giving you my final answer.” There is nothing wrong with this, and it shows you are intelligent and logical rather than impulsive. Just be sure to get back to the interviewer as soon as possible with your decision.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.