The moment the phone call or email arrives to confirm that you have been offered a job is an exciting time. But if you have not done your research beforehand, then the moment of excitement will not last for long. We advise candidates to think long and hard about the job on offer to ensure it is right for them; to go away and research the company and ask questions and finally consider the role, location and commute all before putting yourself forward.
For some people, the answer is obvious and we congratulate you on the new job. For others, the question remains, ‘Should I accept the job offer?’. Here are 5 important things to consider before you say ‘I do’:
- Is the job what you expected?
When you first receive the offer letter, check it against the original job description. It is common that you will get a ‘feel’ for the role and company during the interview process. Are your responsibilities and general duties what you thought they’d be? What about the hours? What’s the company’s policy for holiday pay? Will there be training and opportunities for career progression?
- Is the timing right?
One of the main things that people really forget to take into account when it comes to accepting a new job is what they will realistically have to sacrifice in order to fulfil their new duties. A new role – whatever it may be – comes with new responsibilities, and it’s absolutely crucial to make sure that you get a good idea of what the new position will involve and whether you can amend your social calendar accordingly. The first few months of a new job requires key attention to detail and additional hours to show your enthusiasm / to get the job done right.
- How much travelling is involved?
Before you make your final decision, evaluate how it will affect your daily routine. For some, an hour commute may be worth it for their dream job. For others, that trip will drive you crazy—and eventually destroy your job satisfaction.
- Have your salary requirements been met?
Okay, so everyone takes salary into account when it comes to being offered a new job. There’s no problem with thinking about the “now”, but before accepting a job, you need to think about the future too. Did they offer you what was advertised or less? If it is less, then ask yourself why? Is there an opportunity for a pay increase if you successfully pass your probation?
- Check the terms and conditions carefully
Maybe you were expecting to work the standard 9am to 5pm, but the small print says you’ll be expected to work one weekend per month, or stay late one evening a week. Would this be OK? Make sure you check over the letter very carefully so you aren’t surprised by anything like this if you accept the job offer. Holiday pay and leiu time needs to be considered along with how long your probation period is and resignation notice.
Do not accept a job offer out of desperation. Accepting a new job is a huge task from learning the new responsibilities, settling in, getting to know the team and adjusting to your new daily routine.
- Are you genuinely excited about this job—not just about getting an offer?
- Does the position use your talents and skills appropriately?
- Will the position help you advance your professional goals? If it doesn’t, what are you getting out of it?
If you are in need of any advice, then get in touch with us today.