Lauren Marinigh

Why It’s Okay to Turn Down a Job Offer

By Lauren | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comment

You finally land a job offer (yay) but you aren’t 110% sure if you want to accept it. You worked so hard sending out all your applications, didn’t hear back from half the places you applied, and the job is in your industry, but something just doesn’t feel right. Would you be crazy to turn it down?

The answer is no, and here are some reasons why it’s okay to not accept every job offer thrown your way.

Corporate culture 

Corporate culture is probably one of the most important aspects to a new job. Why? Because who wants to work somewhere that they just don’t fit in? When you interview, without even asking your interviewee, you can usually get a good sense of the people that work there, and what the atmosphere is like. Does it just not feel right? Do you not feel like you’d fit in and belong there? Then this is probably a sign you should keep looking!

Not what you want to do 

Sometimes job descriptions are just off. A job description can never be 110% accurate, but it’s happened many times to myself where I read the descriptions and it sounds like exactly what I’m looking for, and then when I hear more at the interview, I realize that this is NOTHING like I thought it was. Don’t settle. If it isn’t what you want to be doing, then decline the offer!

Offer of employment isn’t what you’re looking for

You go through the interview process and get offered the job, but when the offer falls in your lap and you take a better look at it, it just isn’t exactly what you were hoping for. Maybe it’s that you aren’t offered benefits, or aren’t offered a great benefit plan. Maybe it’s that the pay is WAY below then you had hoped. Maybe it doesn’t include many vacation or sick days. There’s a variety of things that can or can’t be included in a offer. If it doesn’t match your needs, it’s okay to try to negotiate, if they won’t let up, then it’s time to let go.

Won’t help you get where you want to be

Most people have a vision of where they see themselves in their career 5 to 10 years down the line. When accepting a new position you want to make sure this position will compliment this journey and bring you one step closer to getting there. If you’re only accepting a job to accept a job, don’t do it! Unless of course you plan to continue looking while working there.

If you don’t want it, someone else will

The job market is competitive. If you don’t want a job, there will be someone else that does and more than likely be a better fit. What may not be your “dream job” could be someone else’s. Remember that turning down a job won’t be the end of the world for the employer. They will find someone else, and both of you will move on! You should never feel obligated to accept a job just because it was offered to you.

At the end of the day, if a job just doesn’t feel right because of any or all of the above points. It’s entirely okay to turn it down, and yes the employer may be disappointed but it’s okay to be somewhat selfish when you’re deciding where you are going to spend 40+ hours a week of your time!

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