After sending out carefully-crafted cover letters and resumes and acing multiple rounds of job interviews, the payoff is here: a job offer. Time to celebrate? Not so fast.
When considering a new job, it is important to make sure the grass will truly be greener on the other side. Two important phone calls will likely occur before the deal is sealed: The first, in which you’ll be offered the job, and the second, when you either accept or decline the offer.
There aren’t so many things one should consider before accepting a job offer, you might say, since nowadays it’s really hard to even get a job in the first place.
However, here are some really important things to seriously consider before accepting that job offer.
Starting a new job isn’t much good if you end up walking out the door after a few weeks. When it comes to accepting a new position, make sure you are financially and contractually secure in every aspect. Can this company really afford you? And if so, for how long? Always make sure you’ve settled on stability before accepting a job; in writing too. Verbal contracts aren’t much use when redundancy hour rolls in.
Try to find out where your future office is located. Is it too far away from where you live? Will you have to spend too much money on your daily commute and will this affect your monthly budget?
How much time will you spend commuting to and back from work? Will that company cover the costs of your daily commute?
You should consider all those things before saying yes to any job offer, no matter how much you would love that job, because after all, you still need to be able to support yourself.
9. The Culture/Atmosphere
It can be difficult to get a true sense of a company’s culture until you work there. However, if you look for hints and ask good questions during the final rounds of interviews, you can get a pretty good idea of how they operate. You can also learn a lot from seeking out former employees of the company in your network.