Oct. 24, 2017

Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

Congratulations—you got a job offer!

Before you sign your name on the dotted line, ask yourself what the position will mean for you and your career. Even if the job sounds great on paper, it may not always be the right fit for you—and that’s okay.

Just because you spent hours applying for and interviewing with a company, doesn’t mean you need to accept a job offer. If it’s not a great fit, it’s better to lose a few hours of your time in the hiring process than it is to commit to a job you aren’t passionate about.

Once you’ve been extended an official job offer, ask yourself these questions to determine if the position will be beneficial to you and your career.

Will I be proud to work for this company?

Even if you’ve done your research on the company, do one last assessment as to how you would feel if you told people you worked for the company.

Would you be excited to tell them about your job and your employer? Or would you make excuses as to why you are sticking it out there?

No matter how great a job description sounds, if it isn’t held with a trustworthy and solid company, it’s not worth your time.

Will I get along with my boss and coworkers?

The average employee spends 40 hours a week at work, or roughly 2,080 hours per year. With almost 24 percent of your time each year dedicated to work, it’s important that you enjoy the people you are spending that time with.

If you haven’t met the people you will be working with yet, ask the hiring manager if you can meet with the team. Most likely, they’ll be more than happy to oblige because finding the perfect fit is in their best interest, too.

Does the position support my career goals?

Think about where you want to be in the next five, ten, and even twenty years. Will this job help you get there? If your answer is anything besides yes, move on.

Ideally, your job should help you move up in your career, whether that means gaining knowledge, experience, or skills. But, what if you don’t know where you want to be? Don’t worry. Most people don’t have a linear career path—and that’s perfectly fine!

There is always a lesson or skill you can take from every job—humility, patience, or even professionalism. Just make sure you know what you are looking to get out of your work.

Finding a great company to work for isn’t always tricky, but picking one that is right for you can be. If you could use help finding a company and job that’s right for you, start your job search with ALTRES Staffing. We have expert recruiters who have been matching people like you with jobs for nearly 50 years.

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