Welcome to the 21st century, where the oferty pracy interview process has stretched from an average of a couple weeks to a month, in the 20th century, to a few weeks to months, for some jobs now. A process that often includes several visits to facilities, meeting multiple managers, decision-makers and associates, and, nowadays, engaging in choices of vocational, behavioral, and other types, of pre-employment testing and measurements; not to mention credit and insurance and deep background investigations. Whewww… after such an effort, it seems only a fool would not accept a job offer.
But, between the meetings, interviews, testing and conversations and credential checking, lurks some primary business issues, which, if revealed, could be good reason to turn down a job offer from a firm who matches the criteria reported below; even if you tend towards accepting the job, at first glance.
For instance, employee turn-over. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that an average 20%+ annual employee turn-over rate is common for businesses here in this country. What if you discover in your job-interview process that the firm with which you are currently interviewing has a typical 50%-60%-70% rotation-out-the-door of new employees? Inquire in the interview as to why such a result is occurring. Unless the explanation makes sense, you may find yourself seeking another new job before the year is out.
Another common difficulty, when gauging the value of a job offer you have worked hard to receive, is the word-on-the-street, scuttlebutt, rumors, gossip about the company. Maybe their stock is about to take a dive. Maybe upper management is ready to be replaced. Maybe the company has rendered its finances to a shadow of its once healthy shine. Many issues may arise when you perform your due diligence to investigate any potential employer. Do not assume the company is viable simply because they have long held a respected public profile. This is true for large corporations as it is for local and regional employers. Do your research.