When do you know you should decline a job offer?

Getting hired after a stressful interview is always a very satisfying feeling. What a joy to be selected among many other candidates for a position we want. As exciting as this might be, it is also important to ask ourselves some questions before accepting the offer. When it comes to your career, every detail counts. What seems appealing on paper, might not work so well in real life. Here are a few red flags to detect before accepting the job.

 

IT DOES NOT OFFER THE NECESSARY TRAINING TO COMPENSATE FOR MISSING SKILLS

It is not necessary to have all the required skills when applying for a job. The most important thing is to be able to show that you are willing and able to learn fast, to be flexible and quickly become an added value to the company. Many candidates have been hired, not because they had all of the years of experience required in the job description, but because they were able to prove that they could acquire these skills as they worked. If you receive a job offer, it is important for you to make sure you will get the opportunity to learn these missing skills on the field. Some companies simply do not provide an environment where this is possible and easy. They lack the proper integration methods, they do not give the newbies time to assimilate everything, they do not plan a transition period. If so is the case at the company where you are planning to work, it might be a sign that you might think twice before accepting the offer. It does not matter if the company gives you enough training or not. If you do not perform well, it will always reflect negatively on YOU. Take the time to make your own researches about the company’s way of integrating new employees and the tools they make available for growth.

 

IT WILL TAKE TOO MUCH OF YOUR TIME

Great performance requires that you put in the necessary time and effort. However, it is also important to be realistic when it comes to accepting a job. How will it fit with your other activities, your personal life, health or else? It is necessary to put everything in a realistic, day to day context and see if it is the best option for you. Truth is, as appealing as the job might seem, if it starts colliding with other important things in your life, it will soon become a weight instead of a benefit. Make sure you have all the information you need about the work schedule, the vacation time and more. When you have a clear picture of how your life schedule will look like after accepting the job, then you will make a wiser decision.

 

YOU DO NOT RELATE TO THE COMPANY CULTURE

When you accept a job, you become a member of the company. In other words, it is like wearing a sticker of the company on your forehead everywhere you go. If you do not agree with their values and way of doing things, you will not be comfortable representing them, which as a result will negatively impact your productivity and motivation. When you are proud of the company and what it stands for, you will become a better employee. Before accepting a job offer, make sure your values are in line with the company culture.

 

YOU DO NOT SEE ROOM FOR GROWTH

When considering a job at a certain company, it is important for you to be able to see growth opportunities. This is in fact a question you should ask during your job interview “How can I grow inside this company?” If you clearly see that there is no room for you to grow, it might be a sign that you will quickly get tired of your position and that you should look for better options.

 

IT DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT

If something doesn’t feel right, it probably simply isn’t. Sometimes, we cannot explain what comes from our gut feeling. If you do not feel comfortable accepting the offer, make some more researches about the company history, the people they have worked with and more.

 

YOU GOT A BETTER OFFER

That is a no brainer. If you get a better offer, do not accept the job because you were very interested before and now feel guilty to decline it. Remember to do what is best for you. However, also remember that the salary is not the only thing to consider when comparing two job offers. There are many other factors to consider. Take the time to analyze and see what is best for you in the long run.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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