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Beware of talking yourself into accepting a job

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Question: "I can’t decide whether to accept a recent job offer. The interview process has been so frustrating that I wonder if I’m an idiot for even considering this position. I’ve had a lot of trouble communicating with the manager, who seems unable or unwilling to answer simple questions.

"Although the work sounds great, I would have to work a different schedule every day. The pay is also less than I deserve. I do have a backup job offer, but I don’t enjoy that type of work at all. What should I do?"

Answer: If you’re already spotting danger signals, you need to proceed with caution. Employers typically try to present the best possible image during the recruiting process. If this manager can’t make a good impression while he’s courting you, that’s definitely a big red flag.

To get some informed opinions, try using your network to locate people who have worked there in the past. By asking questions about organizational culture and leadership style, you may be able to determine whether this job is a good opportunity or a potential nightmare.

Unfortunately, your backup job sounds like an even worse alternative, since doing work that you hate is a surefire path to misery. If finances permit, your best bet may be to reject both offers and continue looking. But if you are forced to settle for one of these positions, just accept the shortcomings, appreciate the paycheck, and make the best of it for as long as you’re there.

Can't find a position that's the right fit for you? Here are some tips that may help: Five Steps to Finding the Right Job

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