Getting an offer letter is fantastic – it’s a sign that you are wanted and that your skills are in demand. It’s an invitation from a potential employer for you, for a specific job. Getting an offer letter – especially one that you have been looking forward to is excellent. But should you grab that job offer? John Lees, the author of the book How to Get A Job You’ll Love, found that people spend more time researching upcoming vacations than evaluating their job offers. It’s natural to be attracted to the perks and better designation that a new job offers. You could miss clear warning signs that that job is not the one for you. Here are five warning signs that mean you should rethink a job offer.

1. If an offer letter looks too good to be true, then you must consider the fact that it probably is.

You don’t get something for nothing. That is the plain truth. If your potential employer is offering you the moon, he probably expects you to deliver the stars to him. That’s not a problem if you can deliver the goods. But what if the job is highly stressful, takes a toll on your health, requires you to work long hours, probably even relocate, and keeps you away from your family?

The price you pay for the job could be far more than the salary, incentives, and perks offered.

2. Your potential boss has unrealistic expectations that you can’t meet.

If your potential boss expects you to display superhuman skills right from the beginning, then you could be plunging into a high-pressure environment without realizing it. What demands are set out, and what results are expected of you? If you are provided with a job description that features an unrealistic list of requirements, then expect the situation to worsen with time.

Listen to your instincts. If you feel your prospective employer is unrealistic, you must clarify what you can achieve before you accept the offer.

3. The job does not help you achieve your career goals.

Most people have a career path outlined to help them find out how they might move from one job to another, leading to their short- and long-term career goals. If you have drafted a career path to help you advance within your industry, then the job you choose must fit into that career path. Here are some signs that the job might not help you achieve your career goals:

· The job will not make use of your strengths.

· You don’t feel passionate about the job.

· Your values don’t align with the company’s values.

· You don’t feel the job challenging enough.

· You don’t have a comfortable feeling about your potential boss.

4. The company has a high turnover rate

A high turnover rate is not a good sign. It means employees are unhappy with the way things are done in that company. The turnover rate varies from one industry to the next, but a high turnover most often suggests a problem with employee engagement. Happy employees tend to stick with the company.

You can find out why the person whose position you will be filling left. You can also research the company and find out how satisfied employees are on sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn.

5. The company has an unprofessional attitude

Some companies believe in sporting a laid-back attitude – and that is fine. It breaks down barriers, allows them to work and dress how they deem fit, and gives employees a lot of freedom. Then, there are those companies with a wholly crass and careless attitude to work – and that’s what we are talking about here. Here are some signs that the company you are about to join is unprofessional:

· Your potential employer is late for your interview.

· The hiring manager dresses inappropriately for the interview.

· Your questions about the company or your job role are not answered satisfactorily.

· Your potential boss calls or texts you out of work hours.

· They contact someone at your former workplace who is not on your reference list without clearing it with you.


Before you accept a fantastic job offer, ensure the pros outweigh the cons. After weighing everything, if the proposal does not match your expectations, don’t hesitate to decline the offer. Or, if you don’t have a choice, consider other options like working part-time with the company or changing the terms of the offer.

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