It is one of the most exciting moments when the wait for your offer letter or offer call is over with a Yes! Finding the right job is a long and arduous process that takes so much of your energy, time, and maybe the cost.
But after such a time consuming and draining process, you feel overwhelmed when you see your offer letter bearing, “Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected for so and so post”.
Your first thought will take your enthusiasm to the sky-high but wait for some time to check the suitability of this job in real sense. Ask yourself, “Is this job a perfect match to all my goals”?
To do the meaningful assessment is a must-to-do thing before actually joining a job. You will probably have some sort of initial assessment, talks with the hiring manager before being offered the post but to be actually in a job is altogether a broader aspect than merely interviewing for it.
Therefore, before jumping on to joining the job offer you must ask a list of questions to yourself or may discuss them with your family or friends or experts. You must go on to satisfy your queries, confusions, and apprehensions at the first hand itself.
What all you should ask yourself to carefully evaluate a job offer–
- Salary, Perks, and Privileges – Ask yourself that what is the right motivator amount/compensation, benefits, perks, and privileges you expect to receive in return for the work and services that you will offer to an organization. Always keep in mind your life cycle commitments, demands. Determine a figure and stick to that.
2. Do comparative analysis – Knowing your worth is important before finalizing the salary framework for yourself. Based on the level of education, experience, and personal details, see what others are getting in the active job market of the area of work. Then, calculate how much you can reasonably expect from the prospective employer and go ahead.
3. Count the benefits – For some, the salary can be the sole motivator while for others it may not be the same. Additional benefits attached like- residential options, free meals at cafeteria, fitness center, recreation center, pick and drop facilities, work location, flexible work hours, medical facilities, etc are other aspects to counterbalance the desires.
4. Title of the potential position – Each one of us wants to accelerate speedily on the career ladder, so it’s important to know the position title that you will get in a new organization. Also, equally important is to know things in the job description list along with the title.
5. Do Research to get a clear picture – To make an informed decision, it’s better to dig a bit dipper about the job and organization you are going to attach yourself. Through some avenues like- Company website, Social Media Pages, Online Reviews, Feedbacks, offer letter, speak to recruiting manager, or the people of the company (can be ex-employees or current). It is always advisable to take a broader perspective because the narrow view can be biased and may not serve your purpose in real.
6. Check your Work-Life Demands – Each job requires different levels of physical or psychological commitment to justify any position. It might sound auspicious or critical by questioning self but it is indeed a thing. Of course, each employer wants a cent percent commitment from you but bear in mind the bandwidth that you can spare at work.
For example- opting for a night shift work may not be feasible for all. The demands of time at the workplace and personal space varies from individual to individual. You must check your position to avoid unnecessary pressures and fatigue in the end.
- Sense of satisfaction – Your craving to join a new job must not suppress you from critically checking the level of satisfaction that the job may or may not provide you. For instance- What satisfies you more- getting attached to a big group at a relatively lower position or to be in a small group at a relatively higher position!
- Check comfort with the work culture and environment – Size of the company, number of people working, branch offices, rules, and regulations adhere to, training and learning opportunities, etc are good to know so that you can carefully consider your level of comfort to take the ultimate decision.
How to accept, reject or negotiate an offer
If your independent search doesn’t convince you over some points then make a list. Communication either through an Email or a Telephonic Conversation is the next way to get your doubts cleared. This communication is an opportunity to get your questions answered while sensing the culture of the company.
For instance- Does the company expects you to stay late than the regular work hours defined? How performance review is to be done? How easily you can avail the leaves provided to you? What are the chances of international work exposure? etc
Once done with it, you will have three options to choose from- Accept, Reject or Negotiate the offer
Accept a Job offer–
It’s great that you get the offer of the most sought-after job. Now the next thing is simply accepting it. Accepting an offer is relatively a simple process amid a slew of formalities you can do. You can simply accept the offer letter formally by saying ‘Thankyou’ for the opportunity and confirm your start date. However, it is important to ensure that you have a written formal offer letter- by email or post. You can also send acknowledgment or acceptance in writing if required.
Reject a job offer–
A recruiting person has spent quality efforts to take your candidature forward. From making calls to read your resume to sitting down for interviews, he might be the most disappointed with the non-acceptance of the job by you. So, don’t forget to appreciate his effort, giving a brief reason and be sensible in saying ‘no’ to a job offer.
Negotiate a job offer–
Standing in the line of unemployed is rather a bad idea so instead of steadily rejecting an offer, go for negotiation if possible. Negotiation is the best chance to improve your salary and work conditions for a new job. Smart people armed themselves with the right degree of negotiation by doing proper research or homework on a particular job.
Once you have received your offer letter, show enthusiasm, and ask for time to think and provide your answer. Again, make a list of negotiable items and prioritize them. Take time to speak to the recruitment manager over a telephonic call or face to face discussion.
While negotiating don’t straight away jump on to making demands, instead, ask questions. This will create a win-win situation and let your recruiting manager exercise some authority. For instance, “Based on my expertise, I expected to get higher remuneration. Can we do anything with this number”? Also, be willing to compromise. Meanwhile, since this is a business transaction, don’t be rigid, uncertain, fearful, or emotional at that time. Stay smiling and reflect positivism and when your terms have been agreed upon, get them in writing before you start it.