When not to take that job offer

Most people want to gain some experience working in a corporate setting. Sometimes, if you don't like the job you have or don't have a job at all, you're more eager to take that next offer— unfortunately overlooking red flags. It's sometimes easier to say yes than no. Talking to friends and family has revealed to me some red flags you shouldn't ignore when considering the next offer. All or some of the below may apply to you.

1. Negotiation is a two-way street. You may not want to negotiate the offer you received for a number of reasons. However, if you do have some leverage and want to negotiate, your company should be willing to negotiate with you. The employee-employer relationship should be mutually beneficial. If your potential next company doesn't budge at all, walk away. 

2. Office conditions. Offices should be well kept. I've walked into offices that were dirty and very cluttered during interviews. If a company is skimping on facilities staff, they will probably skimp on you as well. You want to work in an environment that's best for your productivity (color of walls, open space, etc.). Think about your standards and what you will accept. Some offices are spectacular and still have issues, but office conditions can be a pretty obvious indicator of your future employee experience. 

3. Too many interview questions about how you deal with chaos. In interviews, you should look out for the types of questions you are being asked. If you are asked in various ways how you deal with chaos or disorganization, it's probably the team/company trying to figure out if you can deal with not just one, but multiple "office jerks" and that the overall environment may be toxic. Chaos and disorganization is different than a structure built around juggling multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment. 

4. Employee reviews. Glassdoor is a great resource to gauge employee perspectives. If you can contact and speak with a current employee on LinkedIn/through networking, even better. I've had some recruiters tell me Glassdoor is full of disgruntled employees, but if an employee feels strong enough about their experience, there must be some truth to the matter. If you look at some of the best companies, for example, Google, they have a majority of great reviews, so I'm thinking that Glassdoor can offer some valuable insight. 

5. Listen to your gut. Does considering the job make you feel uncomfortable? Are you not more than thrilled to take the offer? Don't. You're in charge of your career and if the day-to-day responsibilities don't add to the career you are building for yourself, you should turn it down. Every job and role should be a stepping stone to something better. 

Keeping these tips in mind will help you avoid situations that will make your life more frustrating and stressful.

You deserve the best! 

Sasha MackComment