Getting the best professional beginning is anybody’s dream, after putting in all those years of hard work in school and college, isn’t it! With global unemployment on a rise, why would anybody reject a good Job offer on hand or even just, the first offer on hand, if I may put it that way?

Especially, when there are more applicants than opportunities, it’s really rare for anyone to turn down a job offer on hand.  Before we get into finding out the reasons, let us consider the instance of Global economic slowdown. However, in this case, it is more likely that the organization might put my candidature on hold, rather than me rejecting an offer, due to economic slowdown.

It would be interesting to know what could be the reasons to turn down an offer.  Few things cross my mind, which I thought of putting it down in this article. From a recruiter’s point of view, it’s really not in their hands. But as a recruiter, they can probably look a bit more in depth.

Major Reason for Reject Job Offer

S.NOReason
1Better Salary & Benefits Elsewhere
2Poor Candidate Experience
3Company Has Earned a Bad Reputation

Better Salary & Benefits Elsewhere

It is no secret that, two major attractions that candidates look for in their job search are salary and benefits. Hence, if I aspire for growth and a different company can offer me a better salary and more robust benefits package, I will surely think of changing over.

From a company’s perspective, it would not be a waste of time, to know what a candidate values the most. If they’re primarily leaving their company to look for one with a better work culture, for e.g. then, salary may only play a secondary or tertiary role in their decision. A handful of benefits that can make offers more competitive and are well within the structure of the company, as well being easy to implement, is more than sufficient.

Along with work atmosphere, flexible working hours, how do colleagues accept the candidate and make him feel that he is a part of them, goes a big way in influencing a candidate, to decide on his future with the company.

Poor Candidate Experience

As much as I, as a candidate would love to Value Company’s time, I would appreciate the company too giving due respect and value to my time too!  Let me take an example of an interview process. I would always go with the company, if there is an undue delay in seeing me, despite me having come on the time, as specified by the organization, in my call letter. However, if it comes to the stage of a second round of discussion or the final round, I would feel a bit uncomfortable, if I, as a candidate am kept waiting for long hours, without any information or even when I might have to face too lengthy interviews. This might motivate me, as a candidate, to look for options too. I will also be put off, if I don’t feel that the company is excited about hiring me.

And of course, it’s paramount that the interviews themselves are cordial and professional.

Company Has Earned a Bad Reputation

This is an aspect, which many of us may not know earlier. Unless you hit upon someone, who turns out to be a well-wisher ,and shares one or two critical facts about the organization, which you weren’t aware of. With technology taking over these days, candidates are researching online, before they accept any job offer. Glass door is a classic example of this.

As a leading analyst says, “Job seekers are definitely try to know more about  your company and its stability in the market,  before or after applying, which is why branding plays a big role. If there are bad reviews about your organization, from your previous or current employees online, it can be a red flag to candidates,”

At The End Of The Day

From a company’s point of view, I would say that rather than being afraid of or angry about though, think about these reviews as a blessing in disguise.  After all, feedback helps you identify the areas your company needs to work on. Think about the probable reasons that would have forced the candidate to once again start exploring the job market in the first place.  Perhaps the candidate wasn’t being challenged in his current role or he felt like an isolated spectator, in a big bash.

No matter how much companies might try to accommodate candidates, they will turn offers down due to personal obligations and practical reasons. It is not the end of the road though. A bit of retrospection and returning to the drawing board, may just be the solution, what the doctor ordered. Taking a few small steps to address some of candidates’ most common challenges can have a long lasting effect.

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