Top Three Reasons Not To Take The Job You've Been Offered
However, there are also a ton of reasons to turn a job down. It's perfectly understandable, when you are anxious about a finding a new position, to grab onto and accept the first one offered; especially if you're presently unemployed.
But don't let desperation rule your common sense. While it may seem like any job is better than none, remember that you spend about 25% of your time at work. Do you really want to dedicate such a large chunk of your valuable and irreplaceable hours feeling miserable, day after day, week after week?
1. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID
We don't always get along with our coworkers all of the time. But as adults we have, for the most part, learned how to deal with people with whom we just can't be friends. We don't have to like everyone; we just have to be able to work with them in tandem.
However, if you meet with your future boss and he comes across as condescending, disrespectful, or just downright rude, run, don't walk to the nearest exit. Think about it. He's meeting with a potential new hire. If this is how he treats you when he is supposed to be on his best behavior, how will he treat you when you become his subordinate? What makes you think his attitude will get better once you get the position?
2. ROCKS IN YOUR STOMACH
Listen to your gut instincts. Stop a moment and think about it; whenever you've had a strong gut instinct and you didn't listen to it, you have always regretted it. Your instincts are nothing more than your mind and body processing and reacting subconsciously to all you are seeing and hearing. If you are getting that rocks-in-the-stomach feeling every time you think of going to work at this new place, don't accept the offer. Yes, it will mean you still have to go on the dreaded job search a little longer, but that beats by a mile having to get up and trudge through your day as a wretched, desolate being. Which you will be, if you don't listen to your gut.
3. JOB DESCRIPTION DILEMMA
You're either not sure of exactly what the job entails, or you do know what it requires and deep down you know it's not right for you. Either way, it's a no win. Not for you and not for the company.
Not everyone can do everything. We are all good at some stuff, not so good at others. If the position hasn't been explained to you thoroughly as to what would be required of you, or worse, it has been explained and you know it's not right for you, don't let pride or fear of finding other work, force you into accepting a job you know you can't do. The end result could be something as minor as living with a daily constant headache while you dread going to work, or possibly being let go for delivering a substandard performance. Which will put you back to square one in your job search anyway.
So pay attention to your surroundings during the interview process, ask questions, and listen to your heart. If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. And start tomorrow fresh by looking for a job which will offer you a host of reasons to say yes.