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How to decline LinkedIn invitations politely

How to decline LinkedIn invitations politely

How to decline LinkedIn invitations

Do you know how to decline LinkedIn invitations politely? Most people get at least a few LinkedIn invitations from people they don’t know well or even from total strangers. I get many invitations from people I don’t know. There are multiple ways that you can decline invites.

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How to decline LinkedIn invitations by archiving the request

The people icon in the graphic above is where your pending invites can be found. There is an “X” which is the archive option. If you click that, you will archive the invite. LinkedIn then sends a note back asking if you don’t know the person or want to report them. If a person accumulates too many “I don’t knows” they will get suspended from LinkedIn. If they get reported, they could get banned from LinkedIn. Unless they really offended you, just hit archive and leave it. It’s an easy way to decline LinkedIn invitations without hurting any feelings.

How to decline LinkedIn invitations by sharing your connection policy

Formulate the rules you want as your connection policy. Write them down.

  • Perhaps you only want to connect with people on LinkedIn that you know in real life (IRL)
  • Only people you have had conversations with on social media
  • Perhaps you only want to connect with people that are clients
  • Perhaps you only want to connect with people you went to school with

Whatever your reasoning is, establish a policy and then be prepared to explain it. You can message people and explain your connection policy. If they don’t give you a satisfactory answer, then this is how to decline LinkedIn invitations.

How to decline LinkedIn invitations by making them tell you why you should connect

If you get an unknown connection request, you can try this:

“I can’t remember how we know each other, could you remind me of our connection?’ (Think about running into someone in the grocery store who is acting like you are best friends, you are likely to just ask them to help you remember.)

You can also state that you are careful about who you connect with on LinkedIn, would they let you know why they wanted to connect with you?

Ultimately, LinkedIn and your connections belong to you so you can set the rules.

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