It feels good to learn that you aced your job interview. Receiving a formal invitation for a job offer should be the cherry on top. The question is, is this a time for a celebration? Well, not so fast. Keep in mind that you don’t know anything yet about the offer.
So, before you make a toast to your friends and family, here are some guidelines to help you evaluate that job offer and make a smart decision:
1. Money Matters and Company Benefits
The first thing you need to check is the pay grade they’re offering. Consider your financial situation and other office expenses. Is the compensation more than enough to cover everything? If money isn’t really an issue, you should still check out other benefits, such as commission rate, incentive programs, and health benefits.
In case they mention about healthcare, inquire about the health coverage plans. Many companies today offer just a fair paygrade to applicants who just graduated but provides a good package for healthcare incentives.
2. Job Description: Duties and Responsibilities
Find out if you’re getting the exact position you applied for. This has become an issue to some new employees. The HR officer should be clear about your job title. They should explain your duties and responsibilities in detail. Don’t hesitate to ask about how to get promoted. In fact, employers see this as a good sign. It only shows that you’re ready to contribute and view their company as part of a long-term career plan.
3. Culture and Work Environment
While it can be challenging to determine the company’s culture until you are officially working with them, the only thing you can do is to evaluate the final rounds of interviews. You can also do your own research. Join online forums and get feedback from current or previous employees. This will help you decide.
Landing a job is actually the easy part. The real challenge is finding a good company or employer to work with. So, before accepting any job offer, be sure to learn more about the business and the people.