Should I take this job

When the alarm bells ring: 12 reasons not to take a job

You have had a grueling and possibly quite long application phase behind you. And then it finally comes, the job offer. But whatever you've been through up to this point, there are: The good reasons not to take a job. Business Insider Singapore names twelve of them and makes it clear that a hasty acceptance closes the door to potentially better career paths, says Michael Kerr, author of “You can't be serious! Putting humor to work ".

And while your financial security depends on a job, you shouldn't ignore the following warning signs Kerr gives in his book.

1. You have a bad gut feeling

Your gut feeling is not a simple saying, it is an instinct. So if you feel like your guts clench when you think about the new job offer: Let it be. Your health often suffers from a bad job faster than you would like. And burnout, boreout or depression, caused by a bad job, are protracted and slow you down later in your career. So listen to your gut feeling.

2. They are pushing you to make a decision

Start tomorrow, preferably the day before yesterday? Admittedly, our time is fast moving and if a position has just become vacant or urgently needs to be filled for other reasons, it can be a matter of urgency. Even so, you should pay attention if you are pressured into making a quick decision. Your new employer may have something to hide, but they won't let you off the hook anymore.

3. The position has been vacant for a long time

Anyone who has been looking for a job for a while knows that. There are companies that are either constantly looking for new people or they fail to fill a position. Frequent searches can of course also point to great growth in a company, but also to great fluctuation. Maybe something is wrong here. Take another look before you accept. Maybe others have seen something before you that you have missed before.

4. The position is a swing door

Hardly there, already gone? If several of your predecessors felt the same way, something is wrong. The reasons for this range from poor pay to a catastrophic work-life balance to tyrannical superiors. Caution is advised here. Think again if the job is really right for you.

5. The HR manager whines

A very important tip to find out whether you are in good hands in a company: Read between the lines. Often the HR manager gives you more of it, the more likeable you are to him. If he complains about the poor communication in a company or avoids your view when it comes to working hours, you know that he wants to leave here as soon as possible. So it is best not to even start in this company.

6. The employees appear unhappy, tired, or bored

A hint that comes pretty close to the one above, so we prefer it. The body language and behavior of your future employees can also tell you a lot about a company. Does everyone seem bored, sad or tired when you are shown around the building? Then the working atmosphere is definitely poisoned and you should perhaps think again about whether you really want to work here.

7. Nobody answers your questions

It's natural that you want to know things about your new job before you sign the contract. If you only get perplexed looks, a shrug of your shoulders or even fewer answers to questions, this is an extremely bad sign.

8. The contract is not as negotiated

As a rule, in the last conversation you had with your future supervisor, you made agreements that relate to your contract. If they are now completely different in the copy you are about to sign, you should still hold the pen still. That could be an accident. However, it can also indicate that you ran into a store that is bad at keeping its promises.

9. The sound becomes sharper

Your supervisor in the last interview was friendliness in person, but after the job offer, Dr. Jekyll Mister Hyde? Please step back slowly now ... and look for another job.

10. Friends and family have concerns

Everyone is the maker of their own happiness. However, it doesn't hurt to get advice from friends and family every now and then. They are in a different situation and can often look at a situation more objectively. They may even be able to assess your potential better - and more positively - than you. So if they think a job is not for you, then at least listen carefully to them and think about it again.

11. The salary is the best part of the job

Money makes happy. But only if everything else is correct. Even if a good salary is of course tempting, especially if you've had to turn every penny ten times, if that's the only good thing about a job, you should keep looking. Black numbers in the account are good and important. But if you have to torture yourself to work every morning, the whole thing is at the expense of your health.

By the way: That doesn't mean that you have to agree with the sentence: "Having fun at work is more important to me than money!" Especially when you enjoy your work, you are worth every penny. And you should ask for that too.

12. The HR manager looks desperate

If you are promised the blue of the sky just so that you can take a job, that is of course a sign that you are really in great demand. But it can also be an indication of the desperation of a company. Maybe nobody wants to work here? And if so, what are the reasons? So check who is tied up for a "long time" and think better again.

Have you ever turned down a tempting job offer because the alarm bells were ringing? What were your reasons for it? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Businessinsider Singapore

Linda Ewaldt studied German and psychology in Hamburg and then sniffed the editorial air in small startups and large companies. Since then she has been working as a freelancer and her specialties are career and health. She prefers to write articles for that combine both.