Knowing When to Walk Away From a Job Offer

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
You’ve worked hard to get to the moment of receiving an offer but you’re not sure. Here are 4 things to consider that will help you know when it’s time to walk away from a job offer.

00:00 Intro
01:22 Consider the company culture
01:52 The job responsibilities
02:17 Compensation and benefits
02:40 Trust your gut
03:09 Trusted Adviser Services
03:24 Summary
04:03 Outro

Staying Relevant

This video is entitled, “Knowing When to Walk Away From a Job Offer.” I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. People hire me for no BS career advice globally. And because I worked in executive search for many years, I have a great background with the lifecycle of a job search, as well as with hiring, managing and leading better, resolving workplace issues and the whole lifecycle of a person in their career. As a career coach, I understand that a job search can be a daunting and overwhelming process. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of like root canal. But it’s important to remember that not every job offer is going to be the right fit for you. Sometimes it’s necessary to walk away from an offer in order to protect your professional and personal growth. Even if it seems like a great opportunity, it’s important to remember that not all job offers are created equal. And it’s crucial to make sure that a job aligns with your values, goals and needs before accepting. So how do you know when it’s time to walk away?

Number one, consider the company culture. Is the company known for treating its employees well? Are they transparent about their values and mission? Do the values and mission align with your own and will you feel comfortable and supported in this work environment? Are they supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion? After all, if the company culture doesn’t align with your values, it may not be the right fit for you?

Number two, think of the job responsibilities. Are the duties and expectations clearly defined? Will you have the opportunity to grow and develop in your role? Have they spoken to you about that? Will the job be a good fit for your skills and experience? If the job responsibilities don’t align with your career goals, it may not be right for you.

Number three, consider compensation and benefits. Do they align with industry standards? Is the benefits package sufficient? Are there opportunities for bonuses or incentives? After all, if you can’t afford to go to work at a firm, this isn’t the right job for you no matter how good an opportunity it may seem.

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Finally, trust your gut. If something about the opportunity or the job or the company feels off, listen to your intuition. Sometimes people can’t quite put our finger on why a situation isn’t the right fit. But our gut knows. Talk it through with someone you trust or hire someone like me who doesn’t have a vested interest in whether you accept that particular job or not.

At my website,, you can schedule time with me for what I call Trusted Advisor Services. Order it at the site. We’ll talk for a half hour and sort things out.

But I just want to conclude by saying it’s important to remember that accepting an offer is a big decision. It’s okay to walk away if it’s not the right fit for you. It can be difficult to walk away from an offer especially if you’re unemployed or underemployed. But it’s better to wait for the right opportunity to accept a job that you’re going to know pretty quickly isn’t right for you. Your career and personal growth are important. And it’s better to take time to find the right job than to settle for one that doesn’t align with your goals and values.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

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