When to Decline a Job Offer

What are the red flags for declining a job offer?

After weeks of a grueling recruiting process, countless interviews, case studies and virtual coffee chats you finally get the call you have been waiting for. The company has decided to offer you the job! Your hard work payed off and the company seems to be a match for you. However, something does not feel right. You cannot quite put your finger on it but you are not crazy about the opportunity, the company or the manager. Ultimately, you sign the offer, telling yourself you are simply nervous about embarking on a new journey. Six months later you find yourself looking for another job.

In light of the great resignation, more and more talented individuals are finding themselves in the situation illustrated above. It is incredibly inefficient and in nobody's interests to have career mismatches. What if it they were avoidable? To do so, we need to enable talents with a toolset to detect whether a job offer is worth accepting or not. This prompts the question: what are the red flags for declining a job offer?

The company has decided to offer you the job! Your hard work payed off and there seems to be a match. However, something does not feel right. Ultimately, you sign the offer, telling yourself you are simply nervous about embarking on a new journey. Six months later you find yourself looking for another job.

At Tal&Dev we always recommend checking for the alignment between your "own career spec” and your “company spec”.

Your "own spec" is your compass with your career preferences, your ambitions, your current and desired set of skills (if in doubt, we suggest you check the Tal&Dev resume and self-assessment).

If you use the job interview process well, you should be able to due diligence the company, the supervisors, and colleagues to properly define if that job will leverage your top strengths and allow you to progress through training, project exposure, and work experience on your development needs!

Also, you should understand what the workplace will look like (will you enjoy it 🙃🙂?) and what efforts and sacrifices you will be required to make! Make sure to be ok with your decision!

Bottom line, our recommendation is for you to use the interviews not just to tell about yourself, but also to better understand the opportunity and company. Don’t be shy to investigate, leverage the network and ask questions while interviewing!

If your employer is not open to that, then you already know what to expect. 

If you use the job interview process well, you should be able to due diligence the company, the supervisors, and colleagues to properly define if that job will leverage your top strengths and allow you to progress through training, project exposure, and work experience on your development needs!

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July 19, 2022

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