Making a Decision Tips

Tips for Making a Decision When Receiving an Offer

Congratulations! You have received a job offer! Though this is undoubtedly an exciting time, you might now find yourself asking, “what now?” The good news is that you do not have to provide an immediate response. Instead, ask the employer when they need your decision, remembering that you must weigh your options carefully. Before accepting a new position, you should evaluate the employer and offered position. Though you began this evaluation process when applying, you should now consider a few additional factors. 

Evaluating a Job Offer:

  • Through the job description and interview process you should have developed a clear understanding of the role. Use this information to consider the scope of your responsibilities, how challenging the position might be for you, whether or not this job will allow you to use your educational skills and background and more broadly whether or not the job tasks match your interests.
  • You should evaluate if the financial reward is sufficient to entice you to accept this job offer over all other potential opportunities. Remember, salary is only one aspect of your total compensation package and you must also consider any other benefits that accompany this and other job offers, such as the benefits and opportunity for job growth and development.
  • Evaluate the work environment and the location where you will work. It is important that this environment is conducive to your health, happiness and general well being. To better determine this aspect of the job prior to accepting the position, you can inquire about the corporate culture, core values, working hours and management philosophy. You can visit the local community or visit the city’s chamber of commerce website to learn more. Try to get a picture of what a day-in-the-life would look like for you within this position.
  • Before accepting any position, you should consider the quality of life that will result. This might entail evaluating a number of factors including commute times, coworkers, vacation policies and maternity/paternity leave policies.

Accepting an Offer:

  • If you choose to accept an offer, notify any other potential employers that you are no longer a viable candidate for a position.
  • Once you receive and accept a job offer, consider sending your new employer a thank-you letter. This is a great way to start forming an effective relationship with your new employer.
  • Be prepared to discuss next steps in the onboarding process with the hiring manager.

Rejecting an Offer:

  • If you receive a job offer that you do not want or cannot accept, let the employer know as soon as possible so that they can continue their search.
  • Upon rejecting an offer, you may consider sending a thank-you note in order to leave the door open for future opportunities and considerations.

Managing Multiple Offers:

  • If needed, it is acceptable to ask for an extension while considering job offers - the company will share with you this is possible. Accepting a job offer and then turning it down for another opportunity can be damaging to your personal brand and can have a large impact on the company, especially if they had already turned-down other applicants. Remember, if you accept an offer you should notify the other companies that you are no longer available.
  • When considering more than one offer, make a list of pros and cons for each. This will help you see the differences more clearly and make a better decision.
  • Consider the long-term benefits of each job, not just the immediate benefits. For example, though a hiring bonus is nice, it might be a smarter idea to consider attractive health insurance plans or to work for a company that provides strong opportunities for growth.

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