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Assessing a Job Offer

The prospect of starting a new role can be exciting but it is crucial that you don’t let the elation of a job offer blind your judgement.

Whether you have multiple job offers or just one, here are four questions to ask yourself before you decide on what to do next.

Am I Happy with the Compensation?

Our latest Salary Survey found that a higher salary was the top priority for 40% of people seeking 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 may be open to negotiating salary. A specialist Recruiter will know whether a role is outside of your salary expectations and will advise you early in the process to avoid wasting your time. They will also 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.

Good Work/Life Balance?

The next question you should ask yourself is whether this opportunity will provide the work/life balance you’re after? If this is important to you, check whether the new role will provide hours that align with your needs or whether there are options to work flexibly. Once again, engaging a Recruiter can be helpful. If you tell them what degree of flexibility you’re looking for, they will only present roles that will meet your requirements.

What was the Culture Like?

If you know what to look for, you can gain considerable insight into an employer’s internal culture from the interviews you have had with them. For example: office layout, atmosphere, vibe, etc. Understanding these elements may help paint a picture of the company's internal culture, but there are several other questions that may 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 organisation's values and their team's engagement. If people struggle to answer either of these questions, this could be a red flag. (Read our previous resource for more great questions to ask at the end of a job interview.)

Will this Role Challenge Me?

A key question you should ask yourself is whether you will be challenged. Our research suggests that people enjoy a challenging working environment as it provides an opportunity for professional growth by developing new and improving existing skills. 

Varied responsibilities in a challenging environment is important as it keeps the job interesting and adds depth to your resume. Working in a demanding will demonstrate how you can adapt to change and alter your leadership techniques, which will be attractive to a future employer.  

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