Once you've gone through the process of writing a cover letter, submitting your resume, taking a phone interview and sitting down for one in-person, you may soon receive a job offer. In most cases, this is an exciting event that could trigger a sea change in your entire career arc. But do you know how to react when you receive an offer?
The following tips will help make sure you get exactly what you're looking for as you start in your new position:
1) Check in with yourself
The job offer you receive may not necessarily be ideal, or this might be a position you were hoping would be a backup, according to Glassdoor. In addition to the fact of just changing jobs, this new position may alter your commute times, the overall demands on you and so on. As such, it's important to really think about whether any given job is one you actually want, and what positives and negatives would come with saying "yes" to this particular offer.
2) Carefully consider what's actually being offered
When you receive a job offer, get a document that summarizes what your pay and benefits would look like, including issues like the perks, how much time off you'll receive, bonus structure and so on, according to Media Bistro. If you don't receive that in writing, ask for it. After that, compare and contrast those offerings with industry norms, whether through online research or consultation with friends in the industry. This will provide a real sense of how a potential employer is actually valuing you.
3) Prepare your counter offer
If you encounter any issues you might have with that written offer document, write an email to the hiring manager with your counter offer, Media Bistro advised. This should include why you are excited to work for the company and what you think you would bring to the table - it's always good to start with the positives and show you're coming back in good faith - but also what you would actually like to get from the company in terms of salary, benefits and so on.
You can expect to hear back sooner than later, but you shouldn't try to make this an ongoing negotiation. If your counter offer isn't accepted as-is (if they reject it outright or find a number between the initial offer and your counter proposal), carefully consider whether the job will be worth it on those initial or updated terms.
4) Think about more than just the offer
Regardless of the offer you receive, think about other issues with the company that wants to hire you, according to The Muse. Does its corporate values align with your own? Does its office environment mesh with how you prefer to work? Did you like the people you met while you were there for the interview? If the answer to all these questions is "yes," you should have no qualms about accepting. If there's a little wiggle room, you might want to think about other options.