assess a job offer

Should I Take The Job? 7 Ways To Assess A Job Offer

assess a job offer

So, you’ve aced the job interview and the company has offered you the position. Great news! You’re obviously going to take it, yes? The temptation is to accept straight away but before you pop open the champagne, take a step back and assess the situation. Take at least a day or two to assess your options, especially if you are mulling over more than one offer or torn between staying in your current job and accepting a new position. It’s a hugely important decision and there are a number of factors to consider that will help you make an informed decision;


1. Salary

Does the position represent a sizable salary increase on your last/current job? If you are evaluating multiple job offers, which one offers the best salary?


2. Benefits

Maybe one job offers a higher salary but another provides better benefits. Perks such as good health and dental insurance packages may mean more to you than the actual base salary.


3. Opportunities for progression

Some people place less value on monetary rewards in a job than having the chance to advance in the company. If this applies to you, you need to be sure a clear career path is in place before you accept an offer. Will you be given the opportunity to learn new skills and face new challenges?


4. Work/life balance

How much emphasis do you place on having a work/life balance? Find out if the role involves working late and long hours. Are you prepared to work these hours?


5. Commute

Will the job require travelling a large distance to and from work? If this is an issue, you need to weigh up whether or not the job is feasible.


6. Company culture

An important element to consider is whether or not you buy into the company culture of potential new employers. Do you share their vision? Are their values in line with yours? If not, then maybe they’re not the right fit for you.


7. Stability of the company/industry 

Ensure that you know as much as possible about the company and the industry. Is it performing well? Is this an area that is growing? You do not want to accept a job offer only to find the company ceasing to exist two years down the line.


When weighing up a single job offer, several offers, or trying to evaluate whether to stay in your current role or move to pastures new, drawing up a list can be of tremendous benefit. Compare the job offers by jotting down the pros and cons of each. This is a great way of helping you decide on the best course of action.

Posted by Ruth Tobin on 1 December 2017

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