While many people think of receiving a job offer as the final step in their job search journey, it’s really actually the beginning! When you get a job offer, there are a lot of considerations you have to make before deciding to accept it or decline it. Whether you’re already employed or you’ve been looking for a job for months, you’ll want to make sure you don’t accept a job automatically without thinking it over. Here are four questions to ask yourself when you receive a job offer.
Is The Salary Fair?
Salary plays a large role in whether we choose a job. There’s a difference between a salary that you wish was boosted by a few thousand dollars and one that is unfair given your responsibilities though. Make sure to do your research on the average salary for your position when considering a job offer. It’s important to consider factors like your experience level and your education when you’re trying to determine whether a proposed salary is fair or not.
Will I Be Comfortable?
Since you will be spending a large portion of your life at your new workplace, it’s important that you’ll be comfortable there. Comfort can mean different things to different people, so it’s up to you to determine what you need to be comfortable in your new role. There are several factors that go into how comfortable your new workplace will be, so you should look at some. Will you be expected to sit for long periods of time? Is the office more formal or casual? You should ask yourself questions like these before you accept an offer.
How Is The Commute?
With all the time you already spend at work, you probably don’t want to spend much time commuting there if you can help it. A lengthy commute can leave you feeling drained before you even step into your workplace. Sometimes you can’t avoid a long commute, but it’s still something to consider before accepting a job offer.
What Were My First Impressions?
In the interviewing process, and in other parts of life, first impressions can go a long way toward shaping our opinions. While these experiences are limited, our initial reactions can provide us with a lot of information about whether a job will be right for us. Use this intuition to help guide your decision-making process.
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