IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – Declined the job offer of a company

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Declined the job offer of a company. You can’t go to a company where you got an offer.

Write a letter to the HR supervisor to. In your letter:

  • Explain the reason why you decline the offer.
  • Express you gratitude.
  • Explain you like your current job very much.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (163 Words, 7 Sentences, 11 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am writing to inform you that I have received your company’s offer for a landscape designer position but I am sorry to say that I need to decline it.

I have known your company for decades and I have heard of the great projects that your company has recently completed. I appreciate your time on checking my portfolio online and I was flattered when I received your invitation. Honestly, it took me one week to weigh in my options.

At the end of the day I decided to decline the offer because I am happy with my achievements and role now in my recent company. Besides that, I also have big on-going projects that I want to finish to add in to my portfolio before I will decide to explore on other job opportunities.

I hope that in the future I will have a change to work and be a part of success of your growing company.

Respectfully Yours,
Benchong Dee

Written by Benchong Dee

Sample Answer 2 (200 Words, 12 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir,

I am writing this letter to inform about exquisite job offered which was provided by you last week. Unfortunately, I have got ample opportunity from my current company which leads to me excuse your offer.

I, Mr. Shah who had given interview at your company, 200AJ is the reference number for it. Actually I was impressed by your interview panel that seemed very knowledgeable and expert in their works. I was entertained by your team with lots of cooperation and support during that time. Finally I had informed by one of interviewers that I was shortlisted for this opportunity and HR Manager will contact me for final procedure.

After your final conversation I had come on the point that the offered package and responsibilities are not fulfilling my future growth. Simultaneously, in my current company, they are happily ready to increase my pay and also offered me higher post which I deserve by this time. Finally, I am thankful to you that you have given me this prospect.  However due to some personal circumstances I could not reach there and I have no other way but to decline your offer.
I would expect your kind support on this stage.

Yours Faithfully,
Jayesh Bhuva

Written by Jayesh Bhuva

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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