7 Signs You Should Turn Down A Job Offer

September 3, 2020 Stephanie Klemperer

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You’ve been offered a job, but you aren’t as excited as you thought you’d be. Now you have a difficult decision to make—should you turn down a job offer?

If you’ve been looking in a competitive market or your job search has taken longer than expected, this decision can feel especially agonizing. While you may be pressuring yourself to accept, it’s important to take a step back to make sure it’s the right fit. With so many of our waking hours spent at work, your job can have a direct impact on your overall happiness and wellbeing. Plus, it has the potential to lay the foundation for the rest of your career. As a result, turning down a job offer is sometimes necessary. Here are seven signs that it will be the right decision:

Lack of growth

Every job you take should help you build your resume in some capacity, whether that is through new responsibilities, skill development, or career advancement. If you are not continuously learning or growing, you might quickly grow bored or fall behind your peers in terms of marketability. Do your due diligence by evaluating whether this job will offer you the right growth opportunities for your goals. If not, that’s a fair reason to turn down a job offer.

The hiring process raises red flags

The hiring process can reveal a lot about your prospective employer and how you would be treated as an employee. Pay close attention to your entire experience, from how organized the hiring process is to how your interactions went with your prospective manager and colleagues. If anything feels off or unprofessional, you might want to think twice about accepting an offer.

You don’t have a clear understanding of the role

Not having a full understanding of your responsibilities should be enough of a red flag to turn down a job offer. Without a grasp of what you would be doing, there’s no way to know if your qualifications make you the right fit for the position and whether you’d be fulfilled by working at the company.

 Your values don’t align with the company’s

 If your values are at odds with the company’s practices, you’ll want to think hard about whether this is the right fit. The same concept applies to the company’s mission! If you don’t feel invested or interested in helping the company achieve their goals, this is a sign you should turn down a job offer.

The company’s financial position isn’t the best

 When deciding whether to accept or turn down a job offer, it’s important to consider the company’s financial position. Are they financially stable? Do their products or services hold a strong market position? Are they well respected in their industry? Have they gone through any recent restructuring or layoffs? If the answers to these questions raise any red flags, you might want to look elsewhere.

The salary + benefits don’t suit you

While money isn’t everything (and shouldn’t be the sole factor in your decision), it’s important to be compensated fairly and properly. Before accepting an offer, ensure the salary is competitive with local market trends for the industry. At the same time, you should confirm that benefits align with your needs. Some employers might try to make up for a weak compensation and benefits package with fun perks like free snacks and coffee, so be sure to look out for what’s most important to you.

You have a gut feeling

While you may be excited by the prospect of a new opportunity or a fresh start, your gut could also be telling you that it’s simply not the best fit or the right time. While you may not have a specific reason to turn down a job offer with this company, it’s important to listen to what your subconscious is telling you. Read also: 4 Things To Consider Before Accepting A Job Offer

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