You just received a job offer which is great news, and you would love to say yes but you still feel a bit unsure. Before you make a decision about accepting the offer, there are some important questions you should ask yourself to evaluate just how well this potential job fits your employment requirements.
Have I Been Offered a Fair Salary? Is It Comparable to What Other People in the Same Position Are Making?
While money won't necessarily bring you happiness—how much you like what you do plays a bigger role in job satisfaction than how much you earn—you should be paid what you are worth. Find out what others in the same field are making.
Compare yourself only to people with similar experience and education. You should also consider your job's location because salaries differ by region. If you discover the salary is below what you think you should earn, you can try to negotiate the offer before you turn it down.
What Do I Think About My Prospective Boss? Does He or She Seem Like Someone With Whom I Can Have a Good Working Relationship?
You don't have to be buddies with your boss and in almost all cases you shouldn't be. However, you do want to get along with him or her. First impressions aren't always accurate but you should trust your instincts. For example, it is a bad sign if you witness the employer mistreating workers or saying mean things to them or about them while you are visiting the workplace for your job interview.
What Do I Know About My Potential Coworkers?
You probably haven't had the opportunity to get to know any of your coworkers yet but you may have met them when you were given a tour of the office during your interview. If you didn't meet them, you may have at least caught a glimpse of them at work. Did most of them seem friendly and happy to be there?
If you consider the amount of time you will spend at work you will realize how important it is to have a friendly relationship with your coworkers. If you haven't had any contact with them yet, it may be time to access your network. Find out if one of your connections knows someone who works for this employer. LinkedIn is a good place to look.
Will I Be Comfortable in This Office Environment?
Some offices are prim and proper while others are more relaxed. While you may be more comfortable in one type of environment over the other, neither may be the wrong place for you to work. If you do think you will uncomfortable in a particular environment, consider looking for a job elsewhere, however.
Is the Corporate Culture In Line With My Own Values, Attitudes, And Goals?
Does the thought of working an 80 hour work week make you want to cry? Does animal testing make you cringe? Do you always play it straight even if it means you may lose sometimes? Well, a job with a company that requires very long hours supports animal testing, and encourages their employees to win at all costs isn't for you.
Can I Handle the Commute to This Job?
You should consider how far the job you've been offered is from your home. Driving an hour to a job interview is one thing but making that trip to work twice a day, five days a week may be too much for you. Before you accept a job offer, think about the amount of time you will spend driving your car or being a passenger on a train or bus.