7 questions to ask yourself before accepting a job offer

Before accepting a job offer, take the time to consider it fully.

No matter what your reason for seeking employment, searching for a job is hard work in itself. Scanning online listings, researching companies, sending out CVs, attending multiple interviews and waiting on job offers can be a lengthy process.

So, if you're like most job seekers, you're elated – or at least relieved – when your efforts result in a job offer letter. But before you accept a position, take the time to consider it fully.

Here are seven questions to ask to determine whether a job is a good fit for you.

  1. Will you enjoy the day-to-day duties of the position?
  2. Will you be challenged?
  3. Is the level of responsibility appropriate considering your experience?
  4. How well does the firm's corporate ethos fit with your own? A business that expects 12-hour days when you only want to work eight is probably not a good fit for you.
  5. How does the salary on offer compare to that of your last position?
  6. How attractive or generous are the benefits (stock options, tuition reimbursement, holidays, etc.)? If you're considering two offers, these additional benefits could be the deciding factor. If an offer meets most of your requirements but doesn't include a benefit that's important to you, it doesn't hurt to ask if that perk could be included in your agreement.
  7. What is the work style of your future boss and co-workers and is it likely to cause conflict down the road? Think about whether you’ll be able to work well with your boss and co-workers and if you’d be willing to make any required lifestyle adjustments (travel, working longer hours, a longer commute) that may affect your quality of life.

It is important that you are aware that despite your desire to start a new job, your manager might want you to stay in the company. Consider that when you hand in your letter of resignation, your current employer may offer a pay rise and/or promotion as an incentive to keep you. While a counteroffer may be attractive and flattering, there are risks in accepting them.

When you accept a job offer you are taking a big step and you want to go into the arrangement knowing all the facts. A thorough and thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons will help you reach an informed decision to accept, negotiate or reject the offer. If you remain unsure, go with your gut instinct.

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