5 Things To Consider Before Accepting A Job Offer

Congratulations – you’ve received a job offer! All your hard working prepping for the interview has well and truly paid off! But where do you go from here? Sometimes accepting a job offer can be tricky especially if you have more than one role to consider.

During the recruitment process there is a lot of focus on the employer choosing the right candidate but it’s also important to assess if the workplace is right for you before you make your next step on the career ladder.  

So before you put your notice in at your current workplace, here are some things to consider before saying yes to a new role…

Company Culture
We all spend a lot of time at work, so it’s important to judge if the company’s values match yours. During the interview process ask lots of questions about the company’s shared practices as they can have an impact on your performance.  You can also delve a little deeper into the company’s culture by taking a look at their current employees’ working habits. Or take a closer look at the business online, the opinions of others can reveal a lot about the company; but try to take each comment with a pinch of salt!

Salary & Benefits
Your salary and benefits package is a critical element to consider before accepting a job offer. While receiving the salary that you deserve is highly important, it’s crucial to keep in mind a realistic salary expectation. Sometimes it can be worth taking a pay cut if you are trying to break into a new industry for instance. With regards to benefits, some workplaces can help their employers with things such as flexible working hours or travel costs; so it’s vital to ask the questions regarding pay and benefits during the recruitment process.

Progression
Before entering into a new company, it’s necessary to see if there is any room for professional development within the organisation.  Career development can mean different things for different people, for some this may mean a promotional, for others it could mean constantly learning new skills. Whatever if means for you, it’s important to discuss progression opportunities with the recruiter.

Location
The location of your new workplace is an important one to consider, both time and money-wise. If you live far away from the company, you need to weigh up the options of the commute and what mode of transport will be best to get you to and from the workplace.

People
Sometimes during the interview process, it can be difficult to get a real understanding of the type of people who you could be potentially working with. Likewise to company culture, you will be spending a lot of time with co-workers so it’s important to speak to as many people as possible to gain an understanding of the type of personalities who will be in your team. 

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