You just received the call you have been waiting for. The HR personnel on the other end of the phone tells you they want to offer you the job. That’s great! However, you don’t want to make a rash decision for something this important.
The wrong decision could put you in an unhealthy work environment that may not be easy to get out of. Consider the following before you accept any job offer.
Ask for More Time.
Remember you don’t have to say yes right away if you plan to accept. Find out from the prospective employer when they need your response. You should use this time to make sure the company is the right fit and that all your questions have been answered.
Before accepting a job offer make sure the proposed start date is suitable for you. If you need to push back your start date, you should ask if this would be possible. You also want to make sure the start date gives you enough time to leave your current position without burning any bridges.
Salary & Benefits.
Make sure that you are comfortable with the salary and benefits being offered. Remember, if the salary is below your expectation you should still take into account the benefits package (company perks: Summer Fridays, insurance, sick leave, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedule, etc.). There is no benefit in the long-run if you’re starting pay is high but it stays stagnant during your time at the company.
What kind of culture does your prospective employer embrace?
The company culture should be aligned with your values and beliefs. If it is not, it could be damaging for your career and your well-being. Although it can be difficult to get a true sense of a company’s culture before actually clocking in, you should make sure you look on websites like Glassdoor to see what former employees are saying. Most people spend more time in the workplace than at home, so it’s important that you’re in an environment you’ll be happy in.
Find out what the training looks like for the position?
Is there even training or are you expected to just hit the ground running? These questions should be asked prior to the offer but many times we neglect to ask the interviewer. If your expectation is to have a full on training or on boarding and the company doesn’t provide that, this could affect the quality of your work. Knowing the answers can better prepare you for the position.
If, you are still unsure after reviewing the list above, listen to your gut instinct. Review the pros and cons and you’ll be prepared to make the best decision for your career.