What You Need to Ask before Accepting a Job Offer

June 12th, 2015

Congratulations! You have had a successful interview, and the company is interested in making you an offer. All that’s left is to say is “yes,” right? Well, maybe. There are lots things you should consider before accepting a job offer, and the only way to find out what you really need to know is to ask the right questions. Here are some of the things you should be asking potential employers before you accept their offer.

How soon do you need an answer?

There are very few circumstances where you will want to say yes to a job offer immediately upon receiving it. You may have other companies you want to follow up with or you may need to give notice to your current employer. But you need to strike a balance. You can’t leave an employer hanging too long or they will move on to their next candidate. Find out the answer to this question before moving on to the next steps.

What is the complete compensation package?

You’ve probably discussed the salary so that should already be agreed upon, but what about the other aspects of compensation? What is the bonus structure and do you qualify? What are the benefits available to you and how do you take advantage of them completely? How long does it take to qualify for medical benefits or retirement matching? You should be armed with all the details before you start working.

What is the company’s vacation policy?

Another aspect of compensation is personal time off. There are many ways a company can handle this. You may be given a lump sum of PTO days that can use throughout the year based on your own discretion. Others offer packages where you earn time off as you continue to work. Or, they may have separate vacation, personal days, and sick days that are counted differently. The way they organize their time off may influence your decision.

What is the view on work/life balance?

In regards to time off, it is also important to know how much value the company places on your work/life balance. Is this a job that expects more than 40 hours a week? Do they work with other employees who have families to provide allowances for childcare or family emergencies? Look at how they treat their current employees for a better idea.

Who will I be working with directly?

And speaking of other employees, you may want to have a chance to speak with the other members of your team before you start if you haven’t already. You want to know whether or not you can see yourself working with these people every day. In many cases, employees see their co-workers more often than they see their families, so it is imperative that you can get along.

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