So you’ve been offered a position at a company after months and months of job hunting – time to pop the champagne open, right?!
Well, maybe. But, as exciting as receiving a job offer is, it’s really important to figure out if you really want the job, or you just want a job.
Finding the perfect job is difficult, and choosing one that’s not quite right is like taking one step forward and three steps back. You might miss out on a job where you’ll really flourish, or end up quitting the one you’re accepting after a couple of months anyway.
This is why I’ve come up with six questions you should ask yourself before you accept that tempting job offer.
1) Is There Scope To Climb The Ladder?
One important thing to consider is if there’s scope for promotion, or opportunities to expand your skills and experience within this role.
Research the company see if it has or is investing in your sector, as this should give you a pretty good indication of the vision it has for your particular role.
Also, there’s nothing stopping you asking the hiring manager if there are opportunities to attend workshops or conferences, and if, in the future, you’ll be able to customise your role based on your strengths.
2) Do My Values Match Those Of The Company?
Work values are something you may not have considered before, but even if you know it or not, you have them.
Do you value teamwork above everything else? Well, before you sign that contract you should make sure that the company feels the same way.
If you expect everyone to pull together, and your boss values individual work higher, you’ll find it difficult to be productive in your role, and then no one wins.
3) Are The Benefits And Salary Appropriate?
As blunt as it sounds, salaries and benefits are some of the key game changers in job negotiation.
Things to consider when you’ve been offered a role are whether the salary will cover your personal budget, if the benefits assist your family commitments and if there are bonus opportunities.
At the end of the day, most people go to work to make money, so you have to make sure that it’s worth it.
4) Will I Get On With My Boss?
Chances are that you will have met the person who’ll be managing you at some point in the interview process. Picture yourself working for them – would you get along? Did you click at the interview?
If there’s one thing that’s going to make your working life hell, it’s despising your boss and clashing with them all the time!
The same goes for any potential co-workers you met during the interview process. Remember, you have to work alongside these people five days a week!
5) Will I Be Comfortable In The Working Environment?
In the digital industry, most offices have quite a relaxed feel, with a smart/casual dress code and fun approach to working life.
If you have been used to and enjoy working in a more rigid environment, with a strict dress code and office rules, how will you find the transition into a more relaxed way of working?
This is something you’ll have to consider when you think about how you’ll find day-to-day life in the office.
6) Can I Handle The Commute?
You may think it’s fine travelling for two hours to a job interview, but how will you cope when you have to do it twice a day?
Weigh up what time you’ll have to leave home and arrive home and work out your personal responsibilities around it – will you have enough time in the day?