You’ve been offered that dream new job. It’s a sure steal of a role and one that you’ve been waiting to snatch up for some time. The company offering you to join its ranks is elite, and one that seems to treat its employees very well. Overall, a brilliant scenario. Little warning signs have been popping up all over the place during the interview process, and when that job offer comes through, you’re no longer sure this is the right place for you. How do you know when to say no to a job offer? Here are some sure signs that you should turn down that job offer.
The Pay is Too Low
A significant indicator of if you should take a new job offer or not is salary. While a pay-cut may be expected depending on the circumstance – perhaps you’re moving from a big company to a start-up – if the job offer includes a salary is lower than what you expected, this isn’t a good thing. Based on the hiring process conversations, you should have at one point discussed pay. The new company knows how much you make at your current, or made at your last job. If the number offered is much lower than that, it’s worth discussing with the hiring manager. A good tell here is if they are willing to negotiate – if not, it’s not a good sign.
The Recruitment Takes Ages
We all know that a hiring process takes time. But if you find that between all the interviews, references verification and job offer itself, that time has elapsed far past the usual few weeks, this should alarm you. It is also indicative of how the company works; say they are slow at responding to emails or calls during the hiring process. That speed is only going to get slower once you join, and the business is no longer “courting” you.
The Interviewer Dodges Questions
Whoever interviews you is a fantastic example of the type of people you will be working with. Let’s say you enter the interview wanting to learn about certain aspects of the business, be it things like growth plans, or even questions about company culture. A sign that you should reconsider taking the offered role is if you ask direct questions in the interview, and the person interviewing you avoids answering. If anything, that’s a great reason to research the company further about the issues you wanted to know about; i.e., they could be hiding something like low employee satisfaction.
The Turnover Rate is High
We all want to work for a business that treats its employees well. One big tell that a company doesn’t do this is if the employee turnover rate is high. If employees have been quitting left and right for an extended period, this should raise your eyebrows in suspicion of what the business could be doing wrong. A company that continually has people walking out says a lot about the current leadership team, and how they manage people.
The Communication Style Is Unprofessional
Throughout the recruitment process, you should get a pretty accurate read on how the company you’re looking to join communicates with its team members. If the hiring manager or HR representative you’re interacting with is short, rude or too casual in their interactions with you, this should give you a warning that something’s up. A company is only as strong as its weakest link, and those that you talk to in the interview process should be among the stronger members of the team you’re keen to join.
The Role Has Changed
You applied for, and have gone through the recruiting stages, to join as a specific job. Perhaps it’s a management position, or team leader role, or even an executive of some sort. Suddenly, the day arrives when you receive the offer letter. Your joy only lasts so long until you read through the details, and the responsibilities you applied for varies differently from what’s in that letter in front of you. The business may try to justify this as a starting ground to get to the original role, but the bottom line is – if the position is different to what you applied for, say no.
There’s No Room for Growth
A significant portion of our lives goes into building up a steady career that makes us happy. Ambition, and climbing our way up the executive ladder, are essential components of a long, positive working relationship with a company we work at. Don’t go for a job that has no opportunities to grow responsibilities over time. If you do, you will most likely end up leaving the role, and the business, after a short period of time. What are we without challenges, change, and ongoing growth?
There Are Negative Vibes
The people you work with you see multiple hours a day, usually five days a week. Your relationships with these people are important to your well-being at work, and at home. Nobody wants to be in an office environment where people’s negative attitudes can impact a working experience. Feel out the vibes of those that you speak to, or communicate with, during the interview process. If anyone you come across seems to have a very negative disposition towards you, consider that deeply when you think about taking the job. It’s a sure sign of negativity to come.
The Decision Feels Rushed
It’s pretty reasonable that when you get a job offer, the company will put a deadline on acceptance. However, it’s also pretty standard that they allow you considerable time to think it over. There’s so much to consider when it comes to joining a company, and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. If for any reason, you feel like they are pressuring you to answer in an unreasonable period, it’s a good sign that you should say no. At the least, politely tell them that you require more time to consider the option to join their team.
You’re Not Excited About It
Your job is something that impacts your mental and physical environment, considerably more than most parts of your life. The most important thing is that you should be excited about a new job offer, as well as believe in the company vision and the people standing behind it. If you find that you’re not overjoyed at the thought of the position, this is a good sign that you should reconsider accepting the role. More offers will come along, and it’s not always best to jump at the first one you get.