7 Warning Signs You Should Reject A Job Offer

Reject A Job Offer

Receiving a job offer is always a great feeling. As a job seeker, you know that competition can be tough out there. It can be frustrating at times. Getting ignored and rejected is a big part of the game - that’s why it’s such a relief when companies finally start showing an interest.

So, do you immediately jump at the first offer you encounter? 

As excited as you might be, you want to be sure that the opportunity you’re preparing to dive into is really right for you. In some instances, saying “no” is actually the most sensible response, so you can save yourself – and the company – from unnecessary trouble.

Evaluation should go both ways. As companies try to see if you measure up for the position, you should likewise determine if the organization is a perfect match for you. There are instances when that isn’t the case, which is why it’s absolutely okay to reject a job offer.

Here are 7 red flags you might want to watch out for as you size up your prospective employers:

#1. The salary offer is too low

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As you send applications out, you should do advanced research about how much certain companies pay for your role. This will give you an idea whether or not to continue with your application.

Generally speaking, salary offers are negotiable, so go for something you are happy with. Do not make the mistake of signing a contract unless you are really pleased with the promised pay. Otherwise, you will detest reporting for work every single day.

Let’s face it: nobody likes a lowballer!

So, feel free to reject a job offer if, let’s say, compensation is unclear or will only be based on commissions and bonuses. You wouldn’t want to put in a lot of hours in a job unless you have guaranteed earnings.   

#2. The benefits aren’t attractive enough

Of course, it’s also important to consider the benefit package. Does the company have dental, and medical insurance coverage for employees? Will you get paid during holidays and when you get sick? Do they offer any bonuses? Is there a training allowance? What are other available perks and how long will it take you to qualify for the benefits?

Knowing all these details can make a big difference so be sure to ask. In fact, appropriate benefits can attract workers and unsatisfactory packages can be a deal-breaker for most. You definitely want to find something that’s better than - or at least on a par with - your previous job.

#3. The daily travel is too hard

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It’s definitely a big no-no if the required trip is just too exhausting. Aside from delivering at least 40 hours of work per week, remember that you will have to travel every day from Monday to Friday. You won’t be in the mood to work if you’ve spent long hours commuting.  

Familiarize yourself with the route and determine how long it takes for you to get to the office from your home. If it’s not reasonable for you, then you’ve got two options: you either relocate somewhere close or, well, simply reject the job offer.

#4. Career growth opportunities are undefined

Future opportunities for career growth should be one of the topics addressed during a job interview. Unless your position has a clear, upward path for progress, then it would probably be difficult for you to stay in the company for many years.

In an INC article entitled ‘Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days’, writer Jonathan Alpert put it this way:

“A job can sound great and an offer can be competitive, but if it's a dead-ender, then that's akin to meeting someone who looks great on paper but the relationship ends up remaining stagnant.”

#5. The company culture isn’t right for you

Naturally, you will want to work with a business that promotes a positive work environment. More than that, you’ll want to know if the company culture matches with your personal ethics.

According to job website Monster.com, company culture is “the umbrella term for the beliefs, values, and practices that make up the character of the company.”

Does the company really stand for their mission and vision? Do they value and respect their employees? Do they embrace inclusivity? The answers to these basic questions can influence your decision about whether to work with the firm or not.   

#6. There are too many negative reviews about the company

While it’s true that no organization is perfect, it’s definitely a warning sign if it gets a lot of negative feedback.

Look around for reviews posted on social media or other online sources. That way, you will be able to discover what other customers or past workers have to say about the business.

If they’re mostly known for their bad reputation, then you might as well save yourself the hassle of joining their team – even if the salary is tempting! Believe us when we say it won’t be worth it in the long run.

#7. You’ve found a better job offer

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Last but not least, you’ll want to turn your back if you’ve found a company with a better offer.

This makes total sense. At the end of the day, it’s best for you to go with what feels right and what pays right. That said, politely explain that you have already accepted another offer and can no longer proceed with your application at this time. Always be courteous and professional - you never know what’s around the next corner.  

The bottom line

You know your skills and you know your worth. So don’t be in a hurry and settle for anything less than you deserve. Sometimes you have to be patient in order to find the best opportunity.

A friendly reminder: keep communications open with companies you apply to. Don’t burn any bridges even if you have to reject a job offer. Who knows? They may still be your future employer in case they have new jobs with better offers someday down the road.

Be respectful. Thank them for their time. Give them referrals if you know someone who might be interested in applying for the same position. In short, include them in your professional network and stay in touch, if possible. With these tips in mind, we’re confident you’ll land your dream job soon enough.

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