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5 Warning Signs you shouldn't accept a Job Offer

5 Warning Signs you shouldn't accept a Job Offer

Don't just say yes to the job

After a long job search, the relief of being offer a position can overshadow any concerns you have about the role or company. But before you pop open the champagne and celebrate, you really need to consider what you're saying yes to.

These are 5 warning signs you should be looking out for when offered a position.

They haven't put it in writing

They haven't put it in writing

Getting offered a new position is an exciting time and definitely deserves a celebration but once you've had time to cheers with a glass of wine (or bottle) then it's time to review your employment contract.

Employers should be forth coming with your offer letter and contract and although you might have to wait a few days to receive everything in writing, you don't need to make any final decisions until you have seen it in black and white.

If after a few days there is radio silence or every time you chase there is another excuse for the paperwork being delayed then don't give in and stand your ground. Inform them you'll not be starting with their organisation or even be resigning from your previous job until you have everything in front of you. If the company is being funny about doing this and just wants to get you in, really consider what's the rush?

It's never a good sign for a company to want to rush things through, this is a big decision so take your time. 


They're being vague with the job duties

They're being vague with the job duties

In any position it's assumed that your job description will not include every little detail about the role, there will always be ad hoc responsibilities or occasions where you will have to support other functions.

However, the warning signs should start to appear when the employer is attempting to widen the range of day to day duties after the interview. For example, if you applied for a sales role and certain tasks were discussed, then after offer they're trying to add on managerial responsibilities, question how the job is expanding.

If these additional functions are coupled with an increase in salary or benefits that's one thing but if they are trying to add without giving any more, then you need to stay true to the original agreement.

Don't be forced into a role that wasn't the position you applied for. 


They're being vague with the job duties

The reviews aren't good

We all scroll the internet for hours to find that one terrible review when we're holiday shopping, but we rarely do this same practise when researching the company we're applying to. 

Hopefully, you did your research prior to the interview but if not, make sure to double check any reviews before signing your contact. Whilst you shouldn't read too much into just one negative comment if there is a pattern of opinions then this can be a warning sign. 

Look out for reasons why previous employee left the company and if something is questionable, then consider approaching the recruiter on the subject. 
If they get instantly defensive or refuse to discuss the topic this is a red flag. A good company will respond to their bad reviews and will want to investigate and improve on any issues that are raised to them.


The environment isn't right

There isn't develop opportunities available

A fulfilling career will allow you the opportunity to progress and that doesn't always mean there has to be chance for promotion. However, the ability to learn through internal or external training is an essential benefit in any role. 

During the interview or at very least during the offer conversation you should be enquiring as to the prospect of training available in the company. 

A company that doesn't offer any chance to grow within a role should ring alarm bells, as they obviously don't see the benefit of bettering their employees and helping them achieve their career goals. You will therefore most likely be stuck within a position that is unlikely to adapt or change as your experiences expand.


The environment isn't right

The environment isn't right

I'd always advise during an interview to ask for the chance to do a tour of the working environment. In an interview, similar to your approach, the employer is wanting to put their best foot forward, whereas in a tour you'll get a more relaxed and realistic insight into the company.

You'll be able to explore the work space, how people are working, the noise levels and the types of employees currently working for the company. 

If you notice things such management shouting at employees, high pressure to meet targets or potentially employees who look as though they'd rather be elsewhere then see theses as signs. 

Make sure the environment fits with your requirements and you can see yourself working there. 

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