How to Know When to Accept a Job Offer or Not

Keeping your eyes glued to the phone after finishing a final interview is nerve-wracking, and the excitement you feel when you finally receive the much-awaited call is second to none. But no matter how tempting it is to accept the job on the spot, it is important to wait a couple of days to seize the opportunity. This is because even though the job role may have a perfect description on paper, it may not be ideal for you. So how to know when to accept a job offer or not?

Always ask for a day or two before making your decision. Evaluating the situation and all the pros and cons of the role is important before jumping to a decision.

What Should You Do Before Accepting an Employment Offer?

To determine whether the offer is fit for you or not, go through the following steps:

1. Evaluate the Offer

Once the hiring manager has called you with an offer, be honest about your expectations from the role and the direction in which you are looking to take your career. This conversation with the recruiter will help you answer many questions about the role and the growth that may come with it.

2. In-Depth Research About the Company

It is essential to know specific details about the company you are looking to enter. This includes the company's standing in the industry, the work environment it offers, the services it offers, and more. 

Knowing about the company you're aiming to get a job at is important because sometimes the grass can look greener on the other side. The company may seem a great place to work, with fancy-looking offices and great social media pages with pictures of happy employees enjoying their time. But no matter how attractive the company may look at first glance, the reality is very different most of the time. Therefore, to make sure the company you're applying to is a good fit for you, connect with existing employees or check if someone in your network may have worked there. 

Ask questions about the place. What is the history and reputation of the firm? Are the company's financial standing and organizational structure good? What is the interview process like? Does the company offer any employee benefits? Is the salary satisfactory? What is the scope for growth? Should you consider working at the place for the long term?

3. Self-Evaluation

Evaluating your own goals and desires is as important as assessing the company. Ask yourself these questions before making a decision:

  • Does the job align with your career goals and aspirations?
  • Do you see yourself working at this job for the long term or the short term?
  • Are you looking to work for just a higher salary, or do you want to gain experience and learn new skills? What matters more: salary or growth?
  • Are you looking to work here full-time or part-time?
  • What are your needs and obligations? Will you be able to fulfill your requirements for this job?
  • If you have a family to support, will changing your job in an unpredictable economy be a good decision or not?

4. Assessing the Role

It Is extremely important to know the role before you agree to take it over. The job description may not tell you in detail what the firm may put on your plate after you have started working. It may be too late to back out then.

Thus, inquire about the position from the hiring manager or perhaps connect with someone in the company working in that role or who may have worked in the role in the past.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does the detailed job description explain the employer's expectations properly?
  • Will any training be provided, and if so, how long will it last?
  • What is the pace of work? Is overtime work required often? If yes, will you be compensated for it or not?
  • Does the job require you to travel or relocate?
  • What are the chances of growth and promotion? How long does it take?

5. Job Location

The office location is another factor that is important to consider. There is no point in working at a place far away from your home if it takes up half of your salary in just fuel cost. The location of the office should also be one of the deciding factors. What is the daily travel distance and cost? Will the company provide a travel allowance?

Is the neighborhood safe? What are the people in the community and offices nearby like? Are there any sources of entertainment around the place? Or any restaurants or small food stalls that you can grab daily food from?

6. Employee Benefits Package

Sometimes a company may give a lower salary but offer many perks and benefits that may outweigh the lower pay. 

Look for these benefits if you're being offered a lower salary:

  • Medical insurance (Dental, vision, healthcare, etc.)
  • Vacation or sick leave options (How many are allowed? Are they paid or unpaid?)
  • Travel allowance
  • Retirement plans

Asking for time to review the offer before accepting the offer will always leave a good impression on the employer. It shows how professional and focused you are professionally and that you want to make the right choice for yourself and the company looking to hire you. So, by accepting a job on the spot, you may be showing the employer that you're inexperienced, desperate, or both. 

Taking the time to make a decision does not imply that you will lose the offer; rather, as long as you confirm the time you will take to decide, and the recruiter agrees to it, then you have nothing to worry about. Doing this will leave a good impression on the manager, but it will also allow you room to discuss and negotiate your salary and benefits.

Looking at how serious you are, the employer may try to get you on board and be willing to negotiate. It is important to keep your negotiations realistic and doable for the company and not go overboard with your demands as you may lose the offer.

Keep your approach assertive and respectful but not rude. Show your gratitude and appreciation for the offer. Make a strong case for yourself to a potential employer. If they refuse to negotiate with you, don't take it personally. Sometimes the person you're negotiating with won't be able to make a choice right away.

The Final Decision

Once you have evaluated all of the points listed above, you will be able to reach an informed decision. Notify the employer about your decision through a well-crafted and professionally written email. Even if you decide to turn down the offer, consider professionally notifying the potential employer.

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Dave Fano

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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