You enjoy working in the healthcare industry, in fact, you miss it now that you are searching for a new job.  You are excited when you finally receive a job offer – finally, you can get back to what you love doing.  But wait, are you accepting the position simply because it is the only offer you have received, or because you feel it will be a great fit for you?

Intuition is a strong emotion and one that you should listen to.  Many studies have shown that a person’s intuition is typically right on, yet far too few people actually pay attention to what their “gut” is telling them.  Here are a few tips to help you know when you have received a bad job offer, in which case, you should probably run the other way:

  • The healthcare industry is typically filled with happy, helpful, and friendly people, therefore, if you meet people during your interview that were unfriendly, mean, or just complaining all the time, you should probably decline the offer and walk the other way. Yes, healthcare positions are typically fast-paced and can be stressful, but those working in the industry are usually there because they want to help others.  Be cautious and take note of those you meet during your interview and site visit.
  • Similar to the tip above, if you attend an interview, and the hiring team refuses to allow you to meet any staff, you should be weary. Peers are an important aspect to any healthcare position and can help you determine cultural fit.  If you are not allowed to go anywhere near the staff, you should probably decline the offer.
  • It is important that you understand the integral parts of management you will work with. If the hiring team is unwilling to share information or describes the management as challenging, you might reconsider accepting the position.  This typically means there are deeper issues than they will admit.

While there are many reasons you may feel like the job is not a good fit for you, be aware of some of these reasons.  Trust your instinct and wait for the better option.

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