6 things to consider before accepting a job offer

Stephen O'Brien 20.03.2018

So you have secured a new job offer. You should be happy and give yourself a pat on the back for doing so.

Through my experience working in recruitment I know it can also be a very emotional time when it gets to this stage. Things have now become that bit more real and you now have a massive decision to make. My advice is to not rush in to a decision, stay level headed and weigh up the pro’s and con’s of each decision. Some of the following are points I always highlight my applicants to consider with their offer.

Documentation

As straightforward as it sounds, sometimes what has been verbally offered can differ from the offer that is in writing in front of you. Make sure everything adds up. Details you need to look out for are job title, department, location, reporting line, working hours, annual leave entitlement, salary, benefits, start date and more.

Clarify any discrepancies with the HR representative sooner rather than later to make sure you have the correct offer in front of you to now consider.

Is the remuneration fair?

How does your remuneration package benchmark against your peers and industry? Does the package reflect fairly against the duties and responsibilities of the job? Don’t sell yourself short. Make sure your experience, skills, the level of responsibility are getting rewarded for – fairly and what is in line with your industry norm.

Location

The physical location of the offices. Is the commute to work realistic to do and affordable? You need to take in to account duration of the commute, expense of the commute and ways you have to get there. Think long term and visualise yourself travelling in and out from work day to day.

Company culture and people

Does your new team and boss seem like a happy bunch that will welcome you or will they leave you to your own devices? Is the corporate culture in line with your own values and ideas? If you connect with people, they are likely to have the same feeling for you and will they naturally support you. Make sure that the company culture that is in place is the culture you are comfortable working in.

Understand exactly what you will be doing in your new job

Your workload must be realistic and worth the compensation you get for it. Make sure you understand exactly what the company expects from you. If you don’t fully know, request a document outlining your tasks and their expectations of you. This will serve as a yardstick against which you can measure your progress in the role.

Career prospects

Think long term, in five years if you stay with the company will you be in the same role or are there opportunities of promotion and moving up the ladder? You may or may not want to move up beyond this position, whatever your plan is you will want to make sure the company has the same plan and that they know of your intentions. If your desire is to be promoted, ask for examples of other employees that started out in your role and moved up.

Review your offer against the points provided and write down the pros and cons of each. Take your time with your decision and try to picture yourself doing this job every day for the next few years. What gut feeling does that leave you with? Whatever it may be – this is your answer to that job offer.

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