Congratulations! An employer just offered you a job. Before you sign on the dotted line, take a minute and think things through. Always look at the big picture and try to assess the whole situation prior to committing to your next job. It might be the best thing you ever do.
When you’re in the job hunt, it’s hard to turn down a job offer. But it’s okay to say No thanks. You don’t have to accept the first offer that comes your way. In fact, there are lots of reasons to decline a job offer.
During the hiring process, it’s your responsibility to keep your eyes peeled for clues about the job and the employer. Look out for red flags at all stages of the job search process. The goal of the job search is to find a job that you enjoy and pays the bills. The last thing any job seeker wants is to get stuck in a job they hate.
It takes a strong person to decline a job offer, but if you notice any of these issues, it might be the best move to make:
- It’s Too Good To Be True
- Timing Issues
- Not A Competitive Offer
- Doesn’t Align With Your Goals
- Poor Communication
- Commuting Issues
- Job Doesn’t Challenge you
- Better Offers Are On The Table
- Employer Has A Bad Reputation
- Don’t Believe In The Job Or The Company
- No Work Life Balance
- Unacceptable Terms
- No Growth Potential
- Company Has A Turnover Problem
If you notice any of these things and circumstances allow, it’s ok to decline a job offer. You might have other reasons to decline a job offer that didn’t make this list. The point of this post is to let you know that it’s ok to turn to down an offer of employment.
If you do decide to decline a job offer, do so politely, professionally, and in a timely manner. At this point in time all parties have put time and effort into this process and you don’t want to burn any bridges or tarnish you professional reputation. Treat the situation with the respect it deserves.
Turning down a job offer is a tough decision to make. Only you can make the right choice for you. Whatever happens, try not to put yourself in a situation that will make you unhappy.