Why you shouldn't take that job offer

Congratulations if you have a solid position at a company and have been offered a new job.  This is a huge decision and might be the right direction for you, but you can't decide. If you didn't immediately accept the offer that doesn't mean it's not a good offer, but you also don't want to leave a steady successful job for the unknown.  Here are some indicators you should not accept the offer.

  1. The salary isn't what you were expecting. This is not the end of the road.  Try negotiating for a higher starting pay, better commission structure, or other benefits valuable to you.  If you aren't working with the right recruiter they might not try to get you your top dollar.  We strive to always get top candidates and our clients within a range that works for both parties. If one party feels they are getting screwed, it's not good for either of them. If you are employed and currently happy you have nothing to lose here - just ask for what you're worth, but have reason to support it.  Think about what you really bring to the table and not in terms of "well I deserve $80k because I made $70k at my last job".  Instead provide how you can increase revenue by a certain amount.  Justify your value.
  2. The company took too long to make the offer. Generally, a week after the last interview is an acceptable time frame to make the offer. If it took the company a month after your last contact to make the offer you either weren't their first choice or they might be a mess internally.  Sometimes there are good reasons for such a delay, but you should try to find out why the company suddenly had interest in you again.  Good talent is hard to find these days and companies must act quickly and realize they are not the ones in a position of power when it comes to top talent. 
  3. The interview didn't go well. The plans were changed at the last minute, the interview was rescheduled, or the attendees changed. A disorganized company will show its true colors in the interview process. The company should know its own interview process and not constantly change what's going on.  If your interactions at the company were not pleasant this might just be a one-off case but it also might be a company culture you don't mesh with.
  4. You're not excited about it.  It's normal to have cold feet when it comes to big decisions, but you should feel some glimmer of excitement or gut feeling that this is the right move for you.
  5. The offer is a bait and switch. Make sure the title is the same as what you were expecting.  This is a surprising but often heard complaint that companies are not realistic throughout the hiring process when it comes to the job responsibilities, pay, and benefits. It's always a good idea to have these things in writing. Again, everything in life is negotiable so don't give up on the offer without explanation.  Go back to your recruiter, or the hiring manager and explain your hesitation and go from there.  If you don't have a recruiter ask the company exactly what the benefits are - often companies offer stock options or tuition reimbursement but don't think to bring this up with job candidates.  If you aren't comfortable negotiating for yourself, use a good recruiter to work on your behalf.

We can help you make the right decision with your next career move. Contact us now at zach@stratussearch.com to find out about exciting opportunities in your field.