It is just as important to plan how to handle a job offer as it is to prepare for a job interview.
When considering an offer, the most important thing to assess is how it fits with your goals, values, skills and way of working. How will your success be measured and judged? Who will you report to? Will there be someone to show you the ropes and is there any initial training? You want to ensure that the role you accept is the right role for you. Have these questions answered before you decide whether to accept the position.
After reviewing the offer and your knowledge of the organisation, go back to your initial self-assessment and career objectives and review your skills, expertise, work style, goals and values. How closely do the offers you've received match what you are looking for?
After targeting a range of opportunities, you may find that you end up with more than one offer. When deciding between offers, review both roles and consider some of the following questions:
You may also want to pay attention to:
Here are some questions to help you get behind the organisation's polished marketing image. (As always, you should apply tact and common sense when asking these and any other questions of your future employer/colleagues):
Also use your network as sources to answer these questions.
Negotiating is the process of arriving at an agreement about the full range of issues surrounding your employment relationship. Negotiations generally involve a range of issues that can be shaped to create a desirable package that satisfies both parties. It is important that both parties are comfortable with the agreements reached.
Many organisations offer standard packages that contain a mix of negotiable and non-negotiable elements. It is up to you to consider this package and how it fits your needs.
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