Choosing your job offer: 7 questions to ask yourself
Accepting an offer is a decision you have to make quickly; it’s a real leap of faith. These questions will help you cut through the noise of vested professional, personal and family interests, and focus on what’s right for you.
1. Never mind the money, what’s the value?
If at all possible, don’t accept an offer just for the bigger pay packet if you’re not going to enjoy the work culture. Do you feel excited by the challenges facing you, or a sense of dread? If you met any of the team members at interview, how do you feel about working with them every day?
2. …And of course, think of the money
Money talks and it can make or break a deal. Whether you’re in the private, public or non-profit sector, negotiate a salary bracket or rate that will send this important message: your experience and skills are highly sought-after, and should be rewarded accordingly.
3. Is there scope for growth?
As you’ll know, no job is satisfying enough to withstand years of glacial-pace development! Weigh up the potential opportunities of each job for moving upwards or sideways, depending on your outlook.
4. What will help sweeten the deal?
Take the time to consider the companies’ respective attitudes to flexible working, annual leave allowances, rewards and perks. How will they positively impact your life?
5. How will the job fit into your life?
Achieving that all-important work/life balance is a deal breaker for many people. Consider whether your daily commute could be exhausting in the long term; if you’ll get enough time to spend your evenings with loved ones and continuing your outside interests.
6. Do you believe in what the company does?
A job can be more satisfying when a company’s values align with your own. Look beyond the corporate fluff and dig a bit deeper: does this company actually live its values, or is it just good PR? Do your future colleagues feel valued and empowered – because if they don’t, you won’t either.
7. Will the company invest in you?
If you’ve landed a permanent role, your prospective employer should offer the chance to gain valuable new skills and qualifications. Upskilling works well for both of you – they invest in top talent and hold on to you for longer, and you can put your skills to good use driving the business forward.
Good luck with your choice! And if you’ve been in this situation and have other considerations for making your decision to take a particular role over the other, we’d love to hear them.