Especially if you’ve been job hunting for a while, it can be easy to rationalize taking a position that you might not be 100% happy with. But unless you’re really desperate and need to pay the bills, taking a job that isn’t a good fit for you might be the worst decision you could make. Here are five reasons from Time that you might want to reconsider accepting that job offer:
Ideological differences. The scenario you should be shooting for is working for a firm that respects you and that you respect in turn. Feeling like you have to compromise yourself in order to work there is a formula for being unhappy, and that’s bad for both you and your employer.
Other offers. If you have multiple offers on the table, you should definitely devote time to weighing each option carefully. Be polite and honest with the hiring managers you’re in communication with so that everybody comes away feeling good (or at least, not feeling slighted).
Low pay or bad benefits. An offer you receive may not be as high as you’d like. If you’re changing jobs, it’s not uncommon for people to get a pay increase of 10 to 20 percent, so if the offer isn’t doing that for you and your potential employer isn’t willing to negotiate, it may be wiser to decline. Additionally, if the benefits don’t satisfy you or fit your preferred work/life balance, that’s another good reason to reject the offer.
No room to grow. You shouldn’t expect an offer to be perfect, but it should at very least give you room to grow your skills and bring you closer to your dream career. If you don’t see room for advancement, growth, or connections, it’s likely in your best interests to turn the job down.