Wednesday, 12. October 2011
You’ve sent out your inquiry letters, updated your professionally written resume, including your volunteer experience. You’ve got all your references lined up, hit the job fairs and aced all the interview questions. Congratulations! Your hard work has finally paid off and you’ve just received a job offer.
Is it time to crack out the bubbly and start celebrating? Not quite yet.
You may have spent the last few weeks, or even months, looking for a job and it can be very tempting to immediately accept the first thing that comes your way. Remember, this is going to be your new career, so you don’t want to be too hasty with your decision. Take your time to evaluate the offer and consider the following questions:
1) What is the start date?
2) What is the offered salary?
3) Do you consider it to be a fair salary?
4) Is the offered salary comparable to what other people in the same position are making?
5) If not, is the salary negotiable?
6) Do you think your salary demands are reasonable for the type of job you’ve been offered?
7) What will you do if the salary is non-negotiable?
8) Are there any other benefits that could make up for the salary?
9) Are the work hours manageable?
10) Is overtime expected?
11) Is flexitime available?
12) Is the location of the office going to work for you?
13) Can you handle the commute to the office?
14) Is telecommuting available?
15) What do you know about the potential co-workers?
16) Do you think that you will like the people you work with?
17) Will you be comfortable working in this office environment?
18) Is the corporate culture in line with your own values, attitudes, and goals?
19) Do you know who you will be reporting to?
20) Does your manager seem like the type of person you want to work with?
21) Does the company offer the possibility to advancement?
22) Do they promote from within?
23) Will you feel challenged with the type of work you are expected to do?
24) Will you need to travel as part of your job responsibilities?
25) Do you understand exactly what you will be doing in your new job?
26) Is this really the job you want?
27) Do you enjoy the field of work?
28) And finally how badly do you need the job?