Five Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

Five Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

Five things to consider before accepting a job offer

We spend a considerable portion of our lives at work, so ideally your job needs to be something you enjoy. If you are lucky enough to have been offered a new role however, there are some things you need to think about before signing your contract.

Where appropriate, seek clarification from the company before giving them your final acceptance.

Will you enjoy working for the company? – Consider what impressions you have gained of the company and its culture during the recruitment process. For example, have you been led to believe it will be a stressful job involving long hours and/or considerable travel, and if so is that what you want? Does the company operate in a business sector whose principles you disagree with, and if so can you put aside your feelings and still do a professional job for them? Did you like your prospective boss during the recruitment process – if s/he annoyed you during a brief interview, can you effectively work with them day-to-day?

Is the role really what you want? – Aside from the company culture, are the tasks that make up the role really something you want to do for several hours every day? Would you instead simply see the role as a stopgap until you can find something better?

Will the role allow you to achieve your longer-term career goals? – Ask yourself what your long-term goals are, then think about the skills and experience you would gain in the role, and ask yourself if these skills and experiences will move you closer to that goal.

Will the role challenge you? No-one wants to be out of their depth at work, carrying out tasks they feel unqualified for. However, ideally work should still provide some sort of challenge, and occasionally force you to move out of your comfort zone. If you don’t see the role as any sort of challenge, will you get bored?

What salary is being offered, and what other perks are being offered? – Be prepared to negotiate over matters such as salary, working hours, flexible working arrangements etc. Companies will be used to people raising matters such as these before accepting an offer. You may not get everything you want, but the salary needs to be enough to pay the bills and leave you with a reasonable amount of discretionary expenditure, and if you have a family, the hours may need to be compatible with your need to care for children or other relatives.

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