After many hours of searching for and applying to jobs, attending networking events, preparing for interviews and talking to potential employers, you might be ready to respond “yes” and start celebrating for any job offer you receive. However, there are a few steps that you still need to take before accepting the offer.
Once you receive an offer, it is important to ask the following three questions:
- When do you need an answer by?
- Usually most companies will give you at least 24 hours or a few days to get back to them with your answer.
- Can you send me a copy of the offer and benefits package?
- To fully review the job offer, have the employer send you the entire package, to make sure you and the employer are on the same page.
- Who should I speak with if I have questions about the benefits package?
- Even if the direct supervisor for the position gave you the offer, it might make more sense to speak with someone in HR if you have a question about the healthcare plan
You’re next step is to review the job offer and benefits package, and come up with a list of any questions or concerns you have about it. You’ll want to prioritize these questions and have them ready when you call back the person who gave you the offer.
Things to consider:
Job Responsibilities/Title – Will you enjoy the work? Are you willing to perform the requirements for the job (work trips, commute time, etc.) Does the job have a suitable amount of responsibility for your experience?
Compensation – Is the pay aligned with what you were expecting? Will you be able to pay your bills? Is the salary in the typical range for someone with your amount of experience in your field and location? If not, consider asking if the salary is open to discussion
Benefits Package – Does the company provide the medical insurance that you would like? Does the company offer maternity/paternity leave and a number of sick/personal/vacation days that you are comfortable with? What retirement options do they provide? Keep in mind that many companies offer packages with a few options and little room to negotiate otherwise
Workplace/Company Culture – Does the company provide a workplace setting and company culture where you will be happy? Are the company’s values compatible with your own? If not, this might not be the company for you.
Other considerations include opportunities for growth, career development and training, how well you believe you will be able to work with your potential supervisor and co-workers, the hours you would have to work and whether flextime or working from home is acceptable.
If you’re happy with the terms of the job offer and benefits, congratulations! You’re all set to accept. Otherwise, call the person who extended the job offer to you and discuss anything you would like to negotiate. After all negotiations are complete, ask for everything in writing once again and either accept or turn down the offer.
What considerations do you have when reviewing a job offer and benefits package? Have you ever successfully negotiated a better job offer? Share below with your experiences.