After many hours of applying for jobs, attending networking events,
preparing for interviews and talking to potential employers, you might
be ready to shout "Hallelujah" and start celebrating in the wake of any
job offer you receive. However, don't bust out the "Why do all your
references scream and slam down the phone when I mention your name?"
champagne yet. There are a few steps that you still need to take before
accepting the offer.
Once you receive an offer, it's important to ask the following three questions.
1. When do you need an answer by? Most companies will usually give you at least 24 hours or a few days to get back to them.
2. Can you send me a copy of the offer and benefits pack age? The job search isn't over until you have a hard copy of the job offer in your hand. Have the employer send you the entire package for your review, to make sure you and the employer are on the same page.
3. Who should I speak with if I have questions about the benefits package? Even if the direct supervisor for the position gave you the offer, it might make more sense to speak with someone in HR if you have a question about the healthcare plan, for instance. Next, review the job offer and benefits package, and list any questions or concerns you have about it. You'll want these questions ready when you return the call of the person who made the job offer.
Things to consider:
Will you enjoy the work?
Are you willing to perform the requirements for the job (the workload, commute time, etc.)?
Does the job have a suitable amount of responsibility for your experience?
Is the pay what you were expecting?
Will you be able to pay your bills?
Is the salary in the typical range for someone with your experience in your field and location? If not, ask if the salary is open to discussion.
Benefits Package :
Does the company provide the medical insurance that you would like—or perhaps need?
What retirement options do they provide?
Does the company provide a workplace setting and company culture where you will be happy and successful?
Are the company's values compatible with your own?
If not, you might consider continuing your search to find a company that is a better fit.
Other considerations include opportunities for growth, career development and training, how well you believe you will be able to work with your potential supervisor and co-workers, the hours you'd work, and whether flextime or working from home is acceptable.
If you're happy with the terms of the job offer and benefits, congratulations! You're all set to accept. Otherwise, discuss anything you would like to negotiate with the person who extended the offer. After all negotiations are complete, ask for everything in writing again.
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