Originally Posted by IUHoosiergirl88
After my graduation, I've been blessed to receive 3 separate contracting offers. In this field, it's pretty common to accept multiple offers in case one falls through, so I've accepted offer A and B. I've never had to decline an offer before, so what's a good and polite way to tell company C thanks, but I'm no longer interested?
Keep it brief, thank them for their time/consideration, and leave yourself open to further communication down the road. Something along the lines of:
"Thank you for the offer, but upon considering all my options, I have decided to not accept the position..."
"After careful consideration, I have decided to go in another direction.."
"Thank you for considering me for the _____ position. At this time, I must respectfully decline your offer..."
If you give too many specifics, they may ask you where you are going instead, if there is a better compensation package or schedule you might consider, etc. If you're open to that, fine, but if you absolutely do not want to accept an offer, you need to be confident in how you present your decision. Otherwise, it can get really uncomfortable. You also don't want to burn bridges. Approach it from the "it's not you, it's me" perspective, and let them know that you found something that is a better fit.
Good luck! It's a luxurious problem to have in this economy.