In many situations, quickness is highly desirable. In others, though, it can be a sign of fear. Someone who talks very fast is probably scared of silence. Someone who writes something quickly without editing might be scared of his or her mistakes. Someone who walks the halls of an office or school at blistering speed might be doing so to avoid eye contact and interaction with his or her coworkers or classmates.
By the same virtue, a job recruiter who does not allow you adequate time to consider a job offer might also be nervous. He or she might think that if you have time to really think about it, there’s no way you’d take this job. This should be a big red flag, but unfortunately, as a job seeker, your view is often too clouded to see it. When you really need work, the moment you hear the word “offer” it’s like your body reroutes all energy to your dominant hand so that you can sign on the dotted line.
Luckily, there are people who can look at the big picture and help you identify a dangerous offer. Adam Grant is one of these people. His article on LinkedIn, It’s Time To Eliminate Exploding Job Offers, outlines the problems with this approach nicely, both for the recruiter and the candidate. His point: exploding offers lead to less satisfaction on both sides, and while you might feel helpless when someone gives you a tight time frame to accept or decline an offer, you’re not. You can take the power that you deserve in a variety of ways.
So read it, then read it again, and maybe even a couple more times until you know the warning signs of an unfair offer.