Negosentro| The Ultimate Guide To Accepting A Job Offer | Your carefully crafted cover letter, fine-tuned resume, and killer networking strategy may have landed you an exciting job offer. Congratulations! However, don’t start the celebrations just yet. You have a decision to make: You must determine whether or not the role is right for you by breaking down the various aspects of the position and examining them in detail. Here are several factors to consider before formally accepting a job offer.
1. Company History and Stability
Conduct independent research on the potential employer before making anything official. Although you likely did some homework on the company before you applied, now is the time to dig a little deeper. Take a peek into the organization’s leadership background, financial welfare, hiring activities, and recent successes.
Do they have a track record of cutbacks or layoffs? Are they making headlines for the right reasons? Is the business operating steadily considering the current economic climate? Check reviews and read feedback from previous employees at salary review websites. It is imperative to make sure you’re financially and contractually secure in every aspect of the position.
2. Salary Package
Is the salary package in line with your experience and similar positions in the industry? Calculate if it will be enough to cover your expenses after taxes and other deductions. If the quoted salary is lower than expected, consider negotiating for other perks, such as flexible work hours, employee profit-sharing or the ability to work remotely. Be sure to find out these other details as well:
- How often you’ll get paid
- If there are additional bonuses
- Whether or not you’re eligible for overtime
- When your performance and salary review will take place
3. Career Progression
If you’re interested in climbing the corporate ladder, discuss potential growth opportunities with the hiring manager and ascertain if the company offers any training. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the organization’s career advancement practices.
- How long is the initial training period?
- Does the company provide resources for continuing education?
- What is the average amount of time someone spends in this role?
- How does the company see this role evolving in the next few years?
4. Work Culture
As a potential team member, it is essential to know the environment you will be working in and if you will be comfortable. Think back to your in-person interview. Did the office seem like a corporate sinkhole with divided cubicles and dead-eyed employees spacing out at their monitors? Was it a business full of energy, comradery and collaboration? If you had a virtual or phone interview, reach out to the hiring manager and gather more information about the culture — but be critical about his or her response, as it may be embellished or exaggerated.
Whatever the situation may be, decide if this is a place where you can do your best work. Know your deal breakers so that your performance and satisfaction are not inhibited. Being in the wrong office environment could be detrimental to your well-being, mental health and career.
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make before accepting a new position is assuming that traveling to work won’t be an issue. To avoid this blunder, make the journey yourself in real-time. Do not rely solely on interactive maps to tell you about the daily commute; practice the route a few times, ideally during rush hour, to get an idea of the duration. Keep in mind that long treks to the office may take a physical and mental toll or put your new career in jeopardy if you arrive late repeatedly.
When job hunting, it may be tempting to jump at the first opportunity that comes your way. However, it is crucial to consider all the details — even the minor ones — so you can make the best decision for your future. To learn more about what to do before formally accepting a job offer, check out the infographic.
Author bio: Sara Drake is Director of Marketing for Advanced Resources, a talent solutions organization headquartered in Chicago. Drake, who has 15 years of experience in the industry, focuses on talent solutions through staffing, consulting and workforce solutions.