5 reasons to turn down a job offer.

Being unhappy at your workplace could affect other areas of your life. Before you accept your next role, take the time to check that the employer’s values and expectations are aligned with yours, in order to increase the probability that the job will be a right fit.

While declining a job offer is a tough call to make, it is the wiser decision in some circumstances.

Here are 5 good reasons to turn down a job offer:

1. the offer doesn’t satisfy your career priorities

Make a list of your priorities on what you are looking for in a job prior to applying for new positions. This might include higher remuneration, improved work-life balance or a positive work culture. If the job doesn’t satisfy your priorities or only ticks a few boxes, then it isn’t the right role for you.

2. the offer doesn’t align with your long-term career goals

Have you ever come across a job opportunity with an ideal employer but do not have any clarity about the career path options even after a few interviews? If the job opportunity requires you to take a step back in your career or sideways into an area that you aren’t passionate or are unclear about, you could be creating career roadblocks for yourself. Save yourself the hassle and wait for the right opportunity instead.

3. the employer doesn’t have a good reputation

Before accepting a job offer, it is crucial for you to research the potential employer extensively. Review their website, Google them for mentions in online news and job search portals, and spend time on social and professional networking sites to read what other people have to say about them. If you know any current or past employees, ask them about the workplace conditions – evaluate reviews and testimonials from both customers and employees. If the employer’s reputation consistently comes into question, you shouldn’t accept the job offer.

4. you're not comfortable with the culture

A pleasant work atmosphere is one of the top five most important attributes Singaporeans look for in an employer, according to the Randstad Employer Brand Research 2018. When you enter the office of your potential employer for a job interview, observe the little things, such as how people interact in the office or how your interviewer speaks with you. Sometimes, you need to trust your gut instinct – if you have a bad feeling about the company’s work environment, then it's not the right workplace for you.

5. employee perks are the only plus point

Some employers offer a number of attractive perks to employees, such as free memberships or discounts for its products and services. It is never good to accept a role based solely on the employee perks the company offers, because you may discover that what was sold to you during the interview process does not meet your career expectations and aspirations. Before you decide whether to accept or reject a job offer, look beyond the perks and delve deeper into the job responsibilities, working conditions and career progression opportunities.


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