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Kibet has been working in the banking industry for almost 4 years now. He started off as an intern and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Relationship Manager with one of the leading banks in Kenya. His career growth has been tremendous at the said bank but lately he’s been thinking of switching jobs.

“I am not unhappy or unsatisfied in my current role, it’s more of a change of scenery” kind of change that I am looking for.” If he’s comfortable as he claims to be, why not ask for a transfer to a different location? One might ask…

If your case is similar to that of Kibet, you know, you are not as pressed or desperate to get a new job, here are 4 scenarios of when you should reject a job offer.

1. The terms are disappointing

You didn’t get the title you wanted? There’s no enough salary or there’s a restrictive certain rule maybe on leave days and/or working hours. If these are serious gaps in how your negotiations turned out, it can lead to resentment and frustration.

What you will have to remember is that once you accept the job offer, you will have to wait until the company holds its performance reviews to ask for these changes.

Now, the big question is, do you have the time to wait for this take place?

2.Your gut says no
It’s called intuition or a sixth sense…We’ve all been here. A job offer comes through but you have that voice at the back of your head screaming, “Don’t do it!”

Here is a quick HR tip to live by, if you left the interview with a knot in your stomach and a gut feeling of “this is not it” and hoped you wouldn’t get an offer, it may be time to decline.

3. Values Mismatch
Take Kibet’s scenario, he’s a happy dude with a comfortable job. The only issue he has is that of locale…A… should he take a crappy job for that sole reason only or B, should he stick it out at his current role until something that matches his values (we all have those) comes along?

Rule of the thumb, if your values do not mesh with the company’s mission. Your personal values are at odds with the mission or practices of the organization. For example, you are a dedicated environmentalist and the organization has a reputation as a major polluter.

4. Short on important details
There are certain job descriptions which are commonly vague and do not exactly say what you will be doing at that company. Your guess of what you will be doing a daily basis is pure hogwash.

Say for example, there’s this job with an office manager job title, nothing much on the job description, you get through the shortlisting, you pass the interview as well and once you get the job, you find out that you will be running all sort of errands and nothing is off limit.

It has happened to number of people where you find out you will be doing tasks beyond your scope or beneath you… This basically means the company could ask any and everything of you.