26 Jul 7 THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER
With an exciting job offer in hand, you might think that your hard work has finally paid off, but industry experts might just call it tip of an ice-berg. While there is no denying that all the tediousness surrounding working on your resume, deciding on the outfit for the day and mock practice for the interview might have subsided, but thinking of ‘what next’ can be a daunting task! Joining a new company is after all a big decision and one cannot afford to make the wrong choices at this stage and jeopardize his future career graph.
Especially with the kind of awareness that job seekers have in today’s times, it is hard for us to think that they might be enticed to join any job offer that comes our way. Today, they have the liberty to choose the job that matches best with their skills set and also helps them embark on a successful roadmap to success. And to make things a lot simpler, we present to you a breakdown of some of the things that one is advised to do before taking that big plunge of accepting a job offer. Take a look:
- EVALUATE THE JOB OFFER
Before accepting a job offer in its entirety, evaluate it in terms of its entire compensation package. Ask for a detailed breakdown of your salary, perks and benefits, work hours, your most feasible commute, your job responsibilities and work environment. Make sure your roles and responsibilities are completely in sync with those mentioned in your job description. Once you figure out all these factors, weigh down the pros and cons and think wisely before you choose to accept the offer. Ask your employer when they need a response from you and choose a feasible time frame for yourself while you think of your decision.
- SPEAK TO CURRENT AND EX-EMPLOYEES
A lot can be known about a company by paying attention to what its current and previous employees have to say. If the HR tells you with conviction what other people think of the company, it is always a good sign. And if he/she helps you contact some of those people for your reference check, that is even better. From a collective response of whether people are happy or not so happy, you can get a fair idea of how things might turn out for you in the company.
- READ ONLINE REVIEWS
In the era of digitization, it won’t be fair to miss out on a thorough check about a company on various digital channels. Glassdoor is a great platform to see what reviews several previous and former employees have anonymously mentioned about the company and their management. You can also consider visiting the company’s official Facebook and LinkedIn pages to get some further insights from others about the company.
- NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY
Once you have a clear picture of your job responsibilities, it won’t be difficult for you to understand the salary structure as per the industry standards. And once you know that, you can always find yourself in a better position to go into a negotiation. Remember that no employer will reach out to you for negotiation himself; it is you who needs to dive into that conversation. And especially if you are well deserved and can fit in the job roles perfectly, a good employer wouldn’t have any apprehensions in entering into a salary negotiation with you.
- ASK ABOUT PAID LEAVES
While most of you might think that asking for vacations might not be a good thing to do on the day of an interview, but there isn’t any harm in being well informed. While some companies offer paid vacations only after you have worked for them for a certain period of time, others only offer unpaid ones. Also a good thing to ask is if there is any scope of roll over for unused vacations that can be used in the year that comes next.
- ASK FOR ANY GROWTH PROSPECT
Thinking of changing jobs frequently can be daunting and so most of us prefer to stick to a job for as long as it’s feasible. And in order to do that, it is customary to expect new challenges and scope for acquiring new skills on the way. It is always advisable to ask your potential employer about the possibility for growth and the timeframe for achieving that. And also to make sure that there is always some scope to learn something new, some new skills set to be acquired so that you never shy away from climbing up the ladder to success.
- EVALUATE PERKS & BENEFITS
An employee’s compensation package might be composed of several benefits like health insurance retirement plans, vacation, sick leave and life insurance. And so, clear pictures of the same needs to be there before you think of accepting a job offer. It is also important to review what’s being offered to make sure that you have everything that you wanted in the first place. Figure out if the benefits package is appealing, the cost of health plan for you and your family, what all is covered in the health plan (including dental and vision care) etc. Bonuses are also an important factor as some companies provide bonuses to their employees to carry out additional responsibilities, like pay raises, bonus for attracting new clients and so on. Ensure to have a clear picture on the same as well.
And not to forget, once you have all things in place, make sure to get all these things in writing. A written agreement should encompass everything that has been agreed upon between you and your employers and turns out to be more binding that an oral agreement.