Six Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

b89365d55cbfb645a4bc679358c32d91Congratulations! You have just received a job offer from a great, well-known company. All of the extensive networking, preparation, and interviewing has finally paid off. Everything seems to be changing at once and your recruiter wants to know if you can start Monday. The real question is, will this be the right fit? Or, even better, if you have two job offers to consider, how do you decide which one to accept?

There are several factors to consider before making a decision. In order to evaluate the pros and cons of a position, take a look at our following factors to consider before accepting an offer:

  1. Company Culture– This is one of the most important factors to consider. Is the dynamic more professional or laid back with a work-life balance? Do the team members work together often on different projects or is everyone more individually responsive? What reward system does the company use- promote and reward individual accomplishments or team accomplishments?
  2. Growth– One of the questions that should have come up during the interview process, “Is there room for development in this role?” If this is an opportunity for career progression, then this may be the job for you. Ask yourself if you can picture working there 5-10 years from now. If you haven’t already, discuss this with your potential manager before accepting the job!
  3. People– This factor goes hand in hand with company culture, as it is crucial to enjoy the people that you are working with. After all, you are with the members of your team more than 40+ hours of the week, so it is very important to enjoy the environment you will be in. Who will you be reporting to, do you foresee the two of you having a strong relationship? How do the rest of the team members interact and collaborate? If you are still unsure, ask your potential manager how he or she would describe the interaction between team members.
  4. Location– Depending on how you rank your priorities, this factor is more important to some people than others. If there is a long commute involved, ask yourself if you are ready for this every day. If this is the job you have been looking for, the commute could be worth it!
  5. Details of Position– Take a minute to re-read the job description and any notes you may have taken during the interview process. What does a typical day look like in this role? What tasks is the hiring manager looking for in someone to execute in this position? It is extremely important that you are aware of your upcoming responsibilities.
  6. Benefits– Have you discussed the benefits associated with this position? This needs to be addressed before accepting, so there will be no surprises down the road. Read over the benefits package carefully, jot down any questions you may have as well. Remember, in light of new Healthcare legislations, benefit offerings are changing and are more complex now more than ever.

After evaluating the items above, you should have a clearer idea of which direction you are heading in. Most importantly, go with your first instinct! If you have anything else to consider before accepting a job, we would love to hear your feedback…

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2 Responses to “Six Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer”

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