Congratulations, your hard work has paid off, and you’ve finally received a job offer! The only thing left to do is to accept—but first, it’s critical to be sure that this is the right move for you. While you may be rushing to close out your job search, you might regret your decision if you aren’t careful. As a result, here are five questions to ask yourself before you accept a job offer:
Have you done your research?
While you probably conducted research on the company ahead of your interview, a question you need to ask before accepting is whether you’re sure that you’ll be treated fairly. By researching Glassdoor reviews of the company and market compensation for your role and experience level, you can ensure that you’re not only compensated well, but you can also learn about other employees’ experiences at the organization. While you should take reviews with a grain of salt, it can give you a more honest depiction of what’s ahead.
Are you confident in management and executive leadership?
You were hopefully able to meet with your potential supervisor, your team, and executive leadership throughout the hiring process. And while you may have been focused on the actual job requirements, it’s important to note that the people surrounding you can make or break your experience. Oftentimes, a good manager is what makes a good job a great one. If you didn’t get a good feeling from your prospective manager, be sure to trust your gut and consider whether this is actually going to be a positive work environment for you.
Have you asked the right questions?
While you’ve been given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the hiring process, it’s easy to gloss over important details in order to secure an offer. However, this is your last chance to address any issue you may have. Be sure that you consider all of the questions to ask before accepting a job offer and are certain that you’re leaving no stone unturned.
Are you able to build on your skillset?
In addition to company culture, management, and important details, make sure you’re positive that this position is going to help you build on your skillset. When you’re able to do so, this can make you more competitive for new opportunities in the future and increase your value to the company. For example, you’ll want to know if you:
- Need to learn any new skills to get up to speed right away
- Are given educational opportunities through the company, like online courses, conferences, etc.
- Have a path forward to learn new skills and grow your role in the future
Are there opportunities for growth within the company?
In addition to simply building on your skills, ensure that you understand how you can move up within the company. While it can be difficult to know your odds of a promotion in the future, you can start by asking how others in leadership were hired. If they’ve been promoted from within the company, that’s a good sign.