I THINK I Said Yes…

by Jamie Grant, C’98 GEd ’99, Associate Director

“I think I said yes…”

At least once or twice every season, I talk with a current student or alumnus who, when discussing a verbal job offer received, somewhat hesitantly says to me, “I think….I said yes?”  Have you ever, in your excitement, made a verbal commitment you weren’t quite ready to honor?  If so, you’re not alone, but if you’re in the midst of a job search and do this you have given your word.

If you find yourself on the interviewing circuit for any type of role – part-time job, internship, full-time position, experienced role – and are considering multiple opportunities or are just not ready to commit, please be very, very careful with your words and phrasing when you get to that oh so important offer stage! 

To get you ready, please practice with me: “Thank you so much for this offer, I am very excited about the opportunity!  I would greatly appreciate some time to review the details and give this thought – when would you need to hear back from me?”  By being prepared and not caught off guard in the moment of excitement, you will have the best chance to determine if this offer is your best offer!  

Author: Jamie Grant

Jamie Grant is Associate Director of Career Services for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.