Looking for a new job can be both nerve-wracking and exciting. As such, sometimes, people can accept job offers they should not. So, keep your eyes open for these signs that you should turn down a job offer.
Uneven Work-Life Balance
Lately, “hustle,” and workaholic culture has become the norm. However, realistically, working all the time will only lead to one thing: burnout. Soon, there’s no time to meet up with friends or family, learn a new hobby, or grow yourself personally. So, if the job does not provide adequate vacation and break time, you should probably look somewhere else.
“Although it may sound like a good idea to work excessively to make more money, it could negatively affect your productivity and physical and mental health over long periods of time,” said Maria Espinola, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
No Proper Career Path
During the interview, did your potential employer not discuss anything about growth or a possible career path? Well, that’s a big sign to turn down the job offer! Every employer should be incredibly clear about how to grow at their company.
“Employers should be intentional about communicating specific career paths and opportunities during the interview,” explained Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster.
Avoiding And Hiding Information
Let’s face it: none of us want to work at a company that keeps secrets. So, if your potential employer is not upfront about salaries, duties, or benefits, you should probably decline the job offer. Make sure to ask important questions during your interview and pay attention to the answers. These first moments tell you quite a bit about the company and the people you might work with!
“The interviewer may not be listening. They may seem distracted, perhaps even glancing at emails on their phone while you’re speaking at the other end of the screen,” Salemi said.
The pandemic completely changed the way that we work. More than ever, people want flexible schedules that let them live the life they want to live. So, if your potential employer is not giving you the flexibility that you desire, consider looking somewhere else for a new job.
“If a company is unwilling to allow at least a portion of its employees to continue working remotely on a partial or full-time basis, it will be hard-pressed to entice new talent to join its organization,” said Amanda Augustine, a career expert with TopResume. “Inflexibility around at least a single conversation around negotiations—the inability to negotiate an offer or if there are zero conversations around the offer [prior] to the official offer being made,” added Joe Mullings, chairman, and CEO of the Mullings Group. “In today’s environment, job offers and acceptances should be two-way streets.”