Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Accept that Job Offer


When you’re actively applying to open positions and you finally get the chance to interview, you nail the interview, and you get the job offer– would you now think about not accepting? Most of us wouldn’t think to refuse the offer and would start to get ready for our first day. However, it is often difficult to imagine how things are going to work out from the very first day. For that reason, there are some signs which you have to take into consideration in order to make the right decision of accepting or refusing the job offer. No one wants to get stuck in a job that you go to daily and not be happy and fulfilled.

  • You can’t see yourself reporting to your manager.

The first and most important question you should ask yourself is: who is going to be my boss? Can I see myself working for this person every single day? Working for someone you strongly dislike is a clear way to sabotage your career. You may start to hate your job and surround yourself with negative energy every day. It is important to have positive colleagues and especially an inspiring management team which will be easy to work with. If you do not have a team you can collaborate with it will be quite difficult to have that team collaboration component of which is essential for many roles.

  • The workplace doesn’t seem to offer a productive atmosphere.

When you get into the office and immediately see that people are too loud, making a fuss and shouting, or gossiping around the coffee maker, or see the negative and bitter employees, you cannot expect a peaceful environment once you start working. If you require a quiet and peaceful surrounding in order to complete your tasks, you should reconsider accepting the job.

Similarly, if everything seems hectic and disorganized in the office, so much so that you do not really know what your responsibilities and obligations would be, how are you going to be awarded or criticized for your performance? If the company is lacking a system of clear organization and evaluation, then it is not worth your time or effort.  A red flag is a position that is not defined and the hiring manager informs you that this role may change significantly over time.  You do not want to step foot into the unknown abyss of your job function. Think of a job as a relationship, would you want to date someone who does not know when he/she wants when you know you’re ultimately looking for a serious relationship based on mutual interests, values, goals and trust?  Let’s face it, many of us spend more time at work then with our significant others, so treat your job like a relationship.

  • There is not a clear goal that the company strives for.

If the company doesn’t have a clear mission statement or a specific goal in mind, it is more likely for them to fail rather than succeed. You, as an employee, are expected to have a goal that you’ll follow in order to achieve something, right? The accomplishment of your goals will be directly connected with the goals and standards of your company. All personal goals aside, you ultimately work for your company, not yourself and that is why they have to be in line with the company’s overall goals. Again, treat the job hunt process like you would searching for a quality relationship.

  • Everyone working there seems to be new.

If all of your colleagues are newcomers (and assuming the company is not a startup), the truth is that the company may not be that enticing to make employees stay for the long haul. If most of the employees have made the decision to quit the job without even working for a significant amount of time there, you should question the company, not the employees.

  • You are pushed to accept the job.

There are companies that give you no time to consider their job offer and make you start immediately. They seem to be desperate to have someone with your expertise. For that reason, if an employer rushes you into something, be extra careful not to make instant or rash decisions which you might regret later. In this case, it is the employer who has a need and your services are in demand, rather than you having a need to get the job!


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