I’ve been given a job offer for a 4-month position as a developer. I’d really like to try a developer position as most of my other positions have been IT centric. However, I’m thinking of declining the job offer because 1) the office is a family’s house 2) I would be working closely with someone I didn’t get a good sense about.
1) I went to the address given to me for the interview and the office is on the main floor of a family’s house. The owner had bought the business 2 years ago and the business is 12 years old. I found out that the owner had other businesses with employees who work from his house. His business partner is his wife.
2) I would only be working with one other person and I would be working very closely with him. I met him at the interview and while I’m sure he’s a good employee and a reasonable person, I just didn’t click with him. During the interview he seemed to 1-up me each time I told a story in response to a question; for example when I was talking about trouble shooting a server and finding the motherboard was defective he said “and to take it a step lower, it’s probably a heating problem caused by faulty soldering where the controller sends an invalid signal to the CPU. Also I asked what people normally do for lunch (as isn’t close to any shops or restaurants) and he said “I like to eat at my desk”. I feel my reasons for not liking him or not very valid. In all of the self-development and self-help books I’ve red they’ve said don’t take a job just to build up the resume and I that’s what I’m trying to avoid here.
Any advice? Why would an office be from someone’s house? I need to call the manager tomorrow with my decision, if I do decide to decline how can I phrase that? I may say “the work environment seems too isolated to me”.
UPDATE: I called and got the voice mail and said "Hi. Thank-you for the job offer. I've given it some though and decided to decline. Hopefully the other people interviewed can take the job. Bye-bye"