It’s natural to get excited when you’re offered a job. But keep in mind that jumping too quickly at an offer might be a bad move.
If you feel like you should take the job because another opportunity might not come along soon, or the effort you put into submitting an application and going through the interview process was too much, your natural response will be to say yes.
But wait for a second at this point and take a step back to look for potential warning signs before accepting the job offer.
If you accept the job offer too soon, you might end up losing another and potentially better one. And you don’t want to end up feeling that you’ve stepped into a position that is a bad fit for you.
That’s why you should never ignore potential red flags – getting a job that doesn’t fit you will only lead you to anxiety and stress.
Here are some excellent reasons why you should think twice before taking a job offer.
1. It has been advertised for a while
When hunting for jobs, you might be going through job boards every single day. You’ll probably see that job post that keeps on popping up. At some point, after experiencing disappointment from other applications, you may decide to apply for the position.
Remain open but inquisitive during your interview. Make sure to ask all the essential questions to discover why the job remained vacant for such a long time.
It is essential to do that before accepting the job offer. Some job posts appear all the time on boards because the jobs are too demanding or the company is unable to find someone who can perform to their satisfaction.
2. The hiring manager seems not to like the company much
When you’re invited to a job interview, it pays to carefully observe the hiring manager’s attitude toward their own company. If they are excited and happy, the chances are high that their job satisfaction level is high and they enjoyed working for the company.
If, on the other hand, the recruiter seems miserable or bored, it might be that the company doesn’t do much to add to the professional happiness of its employees. If you’d like to make a career, you should probably avoid that place.
3. Everyone is new
If the company to which you applied has been around for some time and you see a lot of new employees, consider that a warning sign. If the company fails to retain old employees, it means that it doesn’t provide the kind of stability in the work environment people usually look for.
It can be lack of perks or growth opportunities. Bad company culture or management contributes to that situation as well. You don’t want to get involved in a place that doesn’t provide you with everything you need to make your career grow.
4. The recruiters are overselling the job
If you get the sense that the recruiter is trying to convince you that this is the job of your dreams, prepare for trouble. Are they making a lot of promises?
For example, that you will be your own boss? Consider that as a sign that the position is very hard to fill – even if you’re applying for a managerial position and have a lot of professional experience, that type of attitude is not justified because you will need time to adapt.
Moreover, this situation is bizarre because during an interview it is the candidate’s job to convince the company that they are the right fit, not the other way around.
5. The company asks you to pay for something
If recruiters suggest that you pay for anything, for example, to have your background checked or to be trained, stop taking the company seriously.
Most serious organizations will be happy to pay you also during your training, so if you are ever asked to give money for anything during the interviewing process, that might be a scam. At this point, it’s better for you to turn around and leave.
6. The company seems to have no business goals
Running the company requires a lot of energy and creativity. People who start their own companies usually have a clear idea about what they want to do and how their business will grow. That is a sign of professionalism and proper management. If a company knows where they are headed, consider it a good sign.
But if you just received a job offer from a company that seems to be completely lost without having any idea where it’s going, consider it as a red flag. Do the company goals keep changing or the company tends to shift from one target to another?
That could mean that it is run by people who are bad entrepreneurs. You don’t want to become part of that type of organization.
7. Employees seem unhappy
If you visit the office during the interviewing process, have a close look at the atmosphere in that workplace. Do you feel high energy and enthusiasm? That’s a sign that employees are happy and can grow professionally here.
However, if you’re interviewing for a company where everyone passes you by without even looking at you, it’s best to reconsider the job offer. Company culture is an elusive thing, and it’s not easy for the hiring manager to communicate it clearly.
That’s why you should ask them for a tour of the office. Observing employees, you will be able to determine how they spend time and whether they are enthusiastic about the job.
8. The employer openly criticizes employees
When it comes to communicating with strangers, an employer should always stand by their employees. Supporting their team in this way is a sign of proper project management.
If you hear current employees being badmouthed during your interview, this is a sign you should still stay away from that company.
In order to grow in the workplace, you will be required to support your manager, and if they are not supportive from the very beginning, your future might be problematic in that place.
You will feel more anxious and stressed in an environment where your supervisor second-guesses your work. But most importantly, you will never grow into the professional you want to become.
These signs show that even if the job offer seems interesting, there are many other things you should take into account before accepting it.
Even if you’re enthusiastic about the opportunity or afraid that this might be your only chance to land a job, think twice and consider these warning signs.
You don’t want to end up at a workplace that makes you feel miserable and doesn’t enable you to grow professionally.