6 Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer

For many job hunters, a big paycheck is at the top of their considerations. But sometimes, it is just not what you are looking for in a job. Of course, while paycheck is a very important factor, you have to consider the credibility and the name of the company and the nature of the job to know whether the pay is worth it. Here are some factors you need to remember when you are not sure whether to get or turn down a job.

Reputation of the company

If you hear bad things about the company you are eyeing, then chances are something wrong is happening in that organization. As the saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But what if the negative feedback came from bitter ex-employees? Just to be sure, you have to research the track record of the company yourself. After all, you would not want to work for a company with a bad reputation.

Career growth

See if there is room for growth. The best employers are the ones that provide you growth within the company. You can have a full understanding of the job description during your application process. As soon as you have the chance, discuss with the hiring manager potential for growth.

Turnover rate

Check also the company’s turnover rate. If the company has a high turnover rate, research why employees do not last in the company. You can find this out during the job interview. It is OK to ask the interviewer why the position is vacant, why there is a high turnover rate, and what happens next for employees in this post. Read between the lines as the hiring manager may not be direct when answering your question.

Willingness to negotiate

The company’s willingness to negotiate is another factor that you must consider when deciding whether to accept or turn down a job offer. If you think that the pay is below average, try to arrange for additional benefits like talent retention plans, retirement plans, medical aid, and incentives. But if the company is not willing to negotiate with you, then turn down the offer.

Workplace environment

One reason many employees do not last in their job is they are not comfortable with the workplace. Before you make any decision, try to ask the hiring manager to show you around the office to have a feel of the company’s environment. Before you go any further, you have to see if your values and the organization’s values fit.

Work-Life balance

See if you can balance work and personal life should you decide to accept the job offer. A job that prevents you from prioritizing your life is not worth it as it hinders your development. The cliché "work to live, but don’t live to work" holds especially true here. If accepting the job means kissing your life goodbye, then turn down the offer – unless you are really serious about prioritizing work over your life.

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