Posted by Robert Half on 21 October 2013
When jobs are scarce, many people are tempted to take any offer that comes their way. But what about when you have the opposite problem — more than one job offer to consider? If the salaries are comparable, what should the other determining factors be when making your decision?
Choosing an employer is all about a good match. Compatibility is integral to a mutually beneficial relationship between you and the company. Selecting a job that best fits your needs is the key to a fulfilling career. When weighing your options, it’s important to be honest with yourself about what kind of work environment you require for optimum job satisfaction.
Following are some things to consider when assessing potential employers:
Do you need guidance or do you prefer to take the reins?
If you’re the kind of person who works best with a lot of direction, you probably wouldn’t be happy in an office where managers travel a lot and are not especially accessible. If, on the other hand, you prefer being left to your own devices, then this situation would be more suited to your style.
Are you a risk taker or do you require more stability?
A fledgling business may be an exciting place to work for people who like the excitement of building something from the ground up. But for those who need more security, a successful well-established company would be a better choice.
What about the people?
Think back to your interview and recall the managers and people you met. What was your initial impression? Could you see yourself working closely with them every day? Any doubts or reservations should be considered red flags.
Do you like the work environment?
Envision the type of workplace you prefer and compare it to one you’re considering. For example, are you the kind of person who has trouble concentrating if people are listening to music in their cubicles or engaging in frequent conversations? If so, you’re more likely to be annoyed working in an office where this is the norm.
Are the company’s long-term goals in sync with your own?
Ask yourself where you’d like to be in five years and whether or not the position offers room to grow professionally. Can the role lead you down the right path toward your goals? Virtually no one would argue that having more than one job opportunity isn’t better than having only one — or none. But if you do find yourself in this enviable situation, there are still pitfalls. Carefully consider your options and base your decision on the position that most closely matches your needs.