Ten Things to Consider Before Accepting or Rejecting a Job Offer
You have just received a call notifying that you have been selected for the position. In other words, you have been accepted. Congratulate yourself first and foremost. However, acceptance, which can be either in writing or verbally, is merely the beginning.
There are things to consider before you officially accept or reject the job offer. Just because the employer has decided to hire you, it does not mean you would need to accept the offer. No matter how elated you are, it is better to carefully consider before signing the job offer.
Here are things to consider when you are considering a job offer. Be courageous and refrain from self-sabotaging yourself. Many of us were taught early on by our parents to be grateful, and you may think that as a grateful person, you should accept the offer “as is.”
The thing is, evaluating a job offer is not an indication that you are ungrateful. It shows that you are a responsible person who understands the variables of making a decision that would affect your life in many ways. In other words, carefully considering a job offer is a sign of maturity.
Here are important things to evaluate so that you can accept the new career responsibility with awareness and positivity.
First, career and personal goals.
Your first day at the new job would mark the first day of a new direction in your life. It should not be taken lightly because whatever you do will eventually affect your goals. Revisit what you truly want in life. Write them down and reflect.
Second, priorities and obligations.
Be clear about the job’s responsibilities, which would (again) affect your career and personal priorities and obligations. If you are not sure what the job description is, ask the hiring manager for more details. You must feel comfortable doing all the tasks. Does the job require some physical activity? Traveling for days or weeks at a time? Be clear.
Third, learning opportunities.
All jobs provide learning opportunities. However, every job is different in the area for you to learn. Make sure that the job provides the learning opportunities that are in alignment with your career and personal goals.
Fourth, career opportunities.
Once you have a crystal clear picture of what the job entails and the responsibilities, can you imagine yourself grow? Of course, you do. Now, find out whether the company provides a career ladder for you to climb with enthusiasm.
Fifth, financial opportunities.
We all work for growth and the money. The latter often plays an important part in our final decision. How does the salary or the pay rate compare with similar positions in other companies? Does the company offer for dental, vision, 401K (for-profit), 403g (non-profit), healthcare, and vacation/sick time options? If yes, how much do you need to participate? Do your research well, so you would understand where you stand.
Sixth, cultural appropriateness.
We all adapt and grow, so it is not a major consideration. However, understanding the corporate culture beforehand would prepare you mentally and reduce future misunderstandings. After all, we all want to get along well and be perceived positively by our managers and colleagues. Find out whether you will be allowed to work from home and when.
Seventh, company history.
How is the company’s reputation? If it is a public company, download the annual reports and stock value history. Investigate its past, so you can better understand where the company is heading to and the more likely corporate policies.
Eighth, management team history.
Review the management team’s history using publicly-available information. Who are your future managers? Who are the current and past CEOs and VPs? Are there any famous people on the Board of Directors? Do your homework and be curious about the founders, because the more history you absorb, the better you will understand the company and how to perform your best there.
Ninth, other perks.
Many Silicon Valley companies, for instance, provide excellent perks to employees. The office is casual, open, and inviting with playful streaks. Employees are usually encouraged to take various classes or even university degrees that would help them with their job.
Tenth, relocation and cost of living.
Most likely, if the job is in another city, you will need to relocate. However, sometimes if the job is on the other side of the city and it requires you to move to a new apartment. Thus, consider the costs involved. Moreover, if the job is in a different city, how is the cost of living? You want the salary to be able to cover the living costs. At last, use both your mind and heart before accepting a job offer. Use both data and intuition to make the final decision. Because, after all, the new job should be a positive growth opportunity in various ways.