Mistakes that could cost you a job offer

The future looks bright – you’ve just received a fabulous job offer and one which gives you a chance to rise to the top! You’re feeling good, but remember that it’s important not to get ahead of yourself.

You need to sign on the dotted line before you secure the role, until then it’s still uncertain and if your new employers has reason to question your behaviour, the offer could be retracted. Unfortunately that would mean it’s back to the job hunt for you.

Don’t risk letting a new job slip through your fingers. The following mistakes might make an employer reconsider an offer.

Your alter ego emerges online

To put it simply, don’t post anything on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform that you wouldn’t want a hiring manager to see. A lack of discretion may not result in your employer withdrawing an offer, but is likely to start you off on the wrong foot.

You stretched the truth in your resume

An offer can only be made in good faith if you’ve represented yourself honestly. It will reflect poorly on you if your potential employer does a little research only to discover discrepancies in your CV. When in doubt, err on the side of integrity and don’t embellish the truth.

You think too highly of yourself

Issuing ultimatums is more often seen as a sign of arrogance rather than a display of confidence. If you threaten to walk away unless your demands are met during the negotiation phase, don’t be surprised if no one stops you. A non-combative, friendly demeanour when negotiating is the path for a true professional.

You are a naive negotiator

Make sure you have done your homework before attempting salary negotiations. Even if you skills are highly sought after, suggesting an unrealistic starting salary might prompt at employer to look for someone else. Before discussing remuneration, consult publications such as the Robert Half Salary Guides to research salary trends for people in your field with similar expertise.

You don’t know what to say when

Pushing for things over and above your initial requests to test how far a hiring manager is willing to go can backfire on you. Instead of getting more than you bargained for, you could end up with nothing. Let common sense prevail when negotiating and quit while you’re ahead.

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