Job hunt fallout - is this situation recoverable or do I need to move on?
September 25, 2011 5:02 PM Subscribe
How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total)
Is this situation recoverable or do I need to move on? I am a senior engineer, and started strong in my job hunt two months ago. My experience opened a lot of doors, and I have had a lot of interest from employers. One in particular was an attractive position at a small company that would have required uprooting, moving to another city, in a different industry.
To make a long story short, I turned down this company as there were other prospects that looked more attractive. Unfortunately, the other prospects have fizzled out, and I'm rueing my early rejection of the first company. I'm having an informal conversation with the hiring manager today, to discuss something unrelated.
In retrospect, I should have handled the process more elegantly, but didn't, and am afraid that I've lost some credibility in the way I handled it. For example, I took extra time to consider the offer, then told them that it just wasn't the right fit, and rejected the offer hastily. This was met with an icy reception by senior members of the team, and they've since moved on in looking at other candidates. I have a good relationship with the CEO, but can't think of a way of re-introducing my interest that won't get blocked. I realize I lost a lot of leverage in negotiation as well. I think it will be tougher for me in my day-to-day work because people will wonder about why I rejected the company in the first place.
What do you think, Mefites? Is there a way to pitch my interest that will mend bridges? How do you convince people that you've had a change of heart, that doesn't make people questioning your judgment? On another note, the company culture is a bit more cutthroat than I'd prefer, and should I take their handling of my rejection as a signal that it's probably best to have walked away from it all?