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Seven Reasons to Reject a Job Offer (and Some Interview Tips!)

As a rehabilitation counselor, Tim Truzy is an expert in matching people to employment options.

Know when it's time to exit the interview process!

Know when it's time to exit the interview process!

Turning Down a Job

Always think carefully before accepting a new position. Although you might think you know everything about the job you've been offered, employers often leave out certain aspects of the employment opportunity. The employer wants you to want the job. They're not going to tell you the downsides.

Before you agree to work for a company, know what you desire in a paid position. Take the essential step of examining what you don’t like about your current job. Is there not enough guidance from management? Is your boss demanding? Are your duties constantly changing?

Understand that these are structural problems that the company may resolve in time. Encountering levels of stress due to these situations is natural. Yet, you must make a decision. These particular situations could be the catalyst for seeking new employment.

Know your living expenses.

Know your living expenses.

Know What You Need From a Job

The degree to which you can overlook potential problems with an employer may be a personal choice. However, the money you need to cover daily living expenses should always figure into your decision. If you don't examine your living costs before accepting a job, you might need to find further employment. Truly, my work as a rehabilitation counselor finding work in various fields for clients allowed me to note why many job offers were refused. Thoughtful evaluation using the information below will help you make a better job choice.

1. What Benefits Does the Company Provide?

Some organizations may provide insurance, including health care and vacation pay. Others may offer sick leave and retirement plans. However, other businesses may not provide any of these extras to workers. Decide for yourself how much benefits matter. Learn how much you would be required to pay for those benefits and the employers’ contribution. A job lacking benefits could be a reason to reject an employment opportunity.

2. Does the Income Cover Your Needs?

If your earnings are substantial, then you can afford any required benefits mentioned above. Yet, don't forget to factor in the taxes you will need to pay into your expectations for take-home pay. Consider the costs of commuting to the workplace as well as the expenses of housing and food. Having an idea of these costs will help you decide if a job is worth taking.

In other words, be sure to find out what your wages include. For instance, the company may provide housing, but will that cost be subtracted from your overall pay? Or the business may provide a car, but who will be responsible for the repairs and upkeep? Similar arrangements can reduce the total income you have to spend on yourself, making a job opportunity less attractive.

 Changing your employment situation may mean taking a different path.

Changing your employment situation may mean taking a different path.

3. Will Promotions Occur?

Learn about promotions within the firm. Does a supervisory position receive more income and duties, or is it just a title? On the other hand, will this job be fulfilling for years to come? Think about how your average day at work would look. You may not want a dead-end job. This is a good reason to reject an employment offer.

4. What Are the Training Policies of the Organization?

The skills necessary to do many jobs are always changing. For instance, sophisticated software packages are released regularly. Also, computerized construction tools are becoming more complex yearly. Employees may require further training with such programs and equipment to do their job efficiently and safely. Regardless of the job, a critical question to think about is whether training will be provided by the employer. Is reimbursement available for necessary classes related to the position? If training is required without support from your employer, declining a job offer is reasonable.

Lack of reliable transportation is a solid reason to decline a position.

Lack of reliable transportation is a solid reason to decline a position.

5. Can You Reliably Make It to Work?

The physical location of a job can present several challenges. For example, the cost of transportation may exceed the weekly pay. Also, a private car requires regular maintenance. Can you rely on a friend or relative to get you to work daily?

Moreover, consider the time it takes to get from your home to work. How much free time will you have as a result of the commute? If the physical work site is in a dangerous area, will you feel comfortable going to work? Finally, many companies "meet" online. Do you have stable internet service? These are crucial factors in deciding to work for an employer.

Use the internet along with other resources to discover if the business has financial issues. This could impact your wages. Check online to find out if the organization has been accused of discrimination. Have there been sexual harassment claims filed against the business? Research these topics before choosing to work for an organization because these difficulties can arise unpredictably. Refusing a job offer because of these concerns may be in your best interest.

Conduct research to decide if the job is worth pursuing.

Conduct research to decide if the job is worth pursuing.

7. Do You Detect a Problem?

Once a position has been offered, the choice is yours. Consider again your current job: Do you feel fulfilled in your responsibilities? Is the stress intolerable? Are you receiving comparable wages? Trading one set of problems for another at a different company is a negative proposition without finding out some facts. Here are some things to listen for during the interview that may help you search for facts.

Gather Information During the Interview

  • Are unethical or illegal questions asked during the interview? For instance, are there inquiries about marital status, race, or sexual orientation? Is your national origin discussed?
  • Notice the company's view concerning illegal activities. For example, is hacking encouraged? You may be asked to disregard traffic laws in order to deliver goods. There may be suggestions from the interviewer to falsify documents. These are good reasons to refuse employment.
  • Find out how long the previous person held the position. Frequent vacancies could indicate a severe problem within the structure of the organization. How well do the skills in the job application match what is talked about in the interview?
  • Does the interview involve inappropriate jokes? Are people with disabilities discussed? Are older people mentioned in derogatory terms?
  • Discover if your duties will change rapidly, and how often you will interact with team members. This information will help you determine how much stress you might endure as a result of unpredictable changes.


Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 07, 2020:

Perhaps, the funniest job interview involved working in agriculture. The farmer was cheerful, but his cow wanted to have the last word. I accepted the job because part of my duties was to feed the livestock. I actually liked the fact the interview occurred in the environment I would work in during that summer, outside of the barn. Thanks for reading.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 07, 2020:

Thanks. I learned a lot helping people find work. God bless you, Ms. Dora. We will keep moving on.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 07, 2020:

Good questions to ask by the would-be employee. There is more to consider than just having the job. You factor in the future; some are not even aware that they should. Very helpful!

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 04, 2020:

When interviewing for a position, listen carefully. In one interview, I was astonished with the level of profanity and offensive comments workers made outside of the manager’s office. I was also surprised the manager didn’t close the door. He explained this was letting the drivers “let off steam.” I decided I didn’t want to work for the company. Thanks for reading.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 04, 2020:

After looking for a part-time job, I received an offer from a firm. The manager never mentioned the company was being sued for discrimination. I found this out by looking at news on the internet. I declined the position. Thanks for the visit.