When a job offer is extended, the employer will generally include a date by which the potential employee needs to respond with an acceptance or refusal. If at all possible, persons being offered a position should respect this deadline and give a response on or before that designated time.
Additional time may be required in cases of exceptional circumstances. If there is a health crisis demanding immediate attention to the exclusion of thinking about future employment, for example, the person who has received the job offer should contact the individual who made the job offer and explain the situation, providing enough information to justify the request for more time and giving an estimate of how much additional time may be required. The applicant would then be responsible for contacting the potential employer again, before the predicted resumption time if possible, to resume the employment negotiations.