When Should You Turn Down a Job Offer?

You have been offered a job but you aren’t sure if you should take it. While it may seem like a good kind of problem to have, there are times that we have to refuse certain offers.

So when should you really turn down a job offer? Here are some of your cues.

1. When it’s just about the money.

Sure salary is one of the driving factors in choosing a job. However, if you’re offered a job that you’ll simply be enduring for excellent pay then don’t accept it. Sooner or later money is not going to be enough reason for you to stay, you will burn out, and possibly end up with a black mark on your resume.

2. It has nothing to do with your dream job.

This is yet another circumstance where it may be best to say no to the job offer. If you’ve been working hard to get a job that you’re very passionate about but were offered a position doing a job that is unrelated, then you should say no. In the end you’ll be left wondering “what could have been…”

3. You don’t think you’ll get along with your manager.

If you’ve followed our advice about researching a company before applying then you should have learned about the different managers at the company. Some people have reputations that precede them, which may help you make a judgment call on whether you can deal with their personality.

If you get a chance to talk to other folks in the same department you may get an idea of what kind of boss you will be working for. If you know or feel like it’s not going to work out, find something else.

It’s also a good idea to sit down with the boss prior to starting to find out what their vision is for your position and what expectations they have. If you find yourself unimpressed, or at odds with the future that is presented then decline the job offer, you’ll save yourself major headaches down the road.

4. You feel it’s not going to work out.

Okay, this may sound as a weak argument but it’s enough grounds for you to say no. An effective and successful career begins with dedication. If you’re already feeling that it won’t really work out, then don’t go in with a half-hearted effort.

5. You’re not proud to be there.

If you’re not comfortable telling your loved ones about your new job, then don’t bother saying yes. You’ll just end up feeling disappointed and not motivated enough to go on.

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