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4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself before Accepting a New Job

Friday, 21 September 2018

The prospect of starting a new job can be very exciting. In fact, the rate at which people move jobs, even if this is within the same company, has largely increased over the past decade. There has been a social shift in the way we view the workplace and traditional structures of staying in a singular role or industry have declined. People enjoy variety and this is often the reason our candidates are looking for movement outside their current jobs. 

Although an offer of employment is the end goal, it is essential to establish whether doing so will result in both work and personal satisfaction. The change of environment, colleagues and responsibilities are all important variables you must take into consideration before accepting a new role. Whether you have multiple job offers or just one, here are four questions to ask yourself before you make a decision. 

Am I Happy With The Salary?

Unsurprisingly, our latest Salary Survey found that a higher salary was still top of everyone’s list with 40% of people prioritising it when looking for a new job. Whether you’re one of those individuals or not, you need to ask yourself whether the rise or fall in salary would be worth it in the long term?

In most cases, employers can be open to negotiating salary. However, specialist Recruitment Consultants will know whether a role is way outside of your salary expectations and will advise you early in the process to avoid you wasting your time. They will also be prepared to negotiate salary on your behalf to ensure you’ll be paid what you’re worth and allow you time to focus on other areas, such as the impact this role might have on your personal life.

Would I have a Good Work/Life Balance?

The next question you should ask yourself is whether this new opportunity will provide the work/life balance you’re after? Whilst salary is the most important priority, one-third of job seekers* now rank work/life balance as an important benefit to have when looking for a new role. If it’s important to you, make sure you check whether this new role will provide hours that meet your needs or whether there are options to work flexibly. Once again, engaging a Recruiter can be a huge help here. If you tell them what degree of flexibility you’re looking for in your next position, they will only put forward roles that will match your requirements.

Contract or temporary positions often offer a great deal of flexibility. If you think a contract or temporary role in accounting, finance or business support could interest you, get in touch with our specialist team.

What Was The Culture Like?

Our Salary Survey found that working with an employer with a great internal culture was third on the list of people’s priorities. Unfortunately, gauging a business’s internal culture on the outside looking in can be difficult to achieve. That said, you can gain quite a bit of insight from your interview(s) with that employer if you know what to look for. What was the layout of the office like?

What did the atmosphere seem like? Did everyone seem happy to be there? Answering questions like these can help you to paint a picture of the internal culture of a business but there are several questions you can ask at the end of an interview that can also help.

Asking questions, such as “what makes you proud to work for this company?” or “how does this business support your development and growth?”, can really help to get a better sense of an organisations’ values and the engagement level of their staff. If people struggle to answer either of these questions, this could be a major red flag.

Will This Role Challenge Me?

Another key question you should be asking yourself is whether you will be challenged in a specific job. This could be reflected in many different ways; management, innovation or workload are just a few examples of this and our research suggests that candidates enjoy a challenging environment - as it provides an opportunity for professional growth as well as being able to refine on and develop new skills. 

Diversity in a role is important as it keeps the job interesting and having bigger responsibilities in a challenging environment adds depth to your resume. Another good idea is to question how much will be required of you in a position, as this is an indicator of the strengths you could gain and knowledge you could acquire in the role. Working in a demanding role will show you are capable of adapting to change, can alter your leadership techniques, and will look great to potential future employers.  


As the employment sector increases and more choice of jobs becomes readily available, it is crucial to be thorough with which role is right for you. Here, at Parker Bridge, we are committed to helping you make the right decision and we hope the above questions were a useful insight in doing so. If you would like to know more about how we can tailor a role to suit your individual needs, or are seeking advice on which direction you should take your career, get in touch with one of our specialised consultants.

*We’re still finalising our latest Salary & Marketing Report but you can secure your copy here.

4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself before Accepting a New Job

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