What to Do With a Job Offer

Unfortunately, while she has an offer in hand, she is not sure it is the right offer. But what should she oferty pracy? There are bills to pay! The longer she’s in transition the more concerned she becomes that her skills will become irrelevant. Moreover, she is concerned that sooner or later, employers might begin to wonder why she is having so much trouble landing a job. She is also concerned about the message she will send to the marketplace if she turns down an offer. How can she possibly weigh all of these factors to make a final decision?

Fortunately, there are three steps that each job seeker should take that will ease the stress of receiving any offer: prioritizing, anticipating and committing

Prioritizing (“Be careful what you wish for”) refers to the preparation that should occur once a first round interview evolves into a second interview. Ask yourself these important questions:

  • As I move through the interview process, what aspects of the job do I need to clarify (responsibilities, corporate culture, upward mobility, contributions to the overall business, location, hours, etc.)?
  • How does this position compare to my ideal job (Note: this assumes you have articulated your ideal job before you decided to apply for the job in the first place)?
  • Which aspects – if any – of my “ideal job” am I willing to forego for this position?
  • Will this type of work make me happy?

Anticipating (“Think before you act”) refers to the moment when you’re confident you are the final candidate being considered for the job – or better yet, the moment when you are told that you are the final candidate. At this point, it is time to visualize yourself driving to the office, doing the job on a daily basis, working at the company, sitting in the chair and informing your peers and that you are now part of this organization. Again, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I be happy, engaged and challenged in this position?
  • Based on what I have heard, in what range do I expect the offer to be and would I be willing to accept the offer at the very low end of that range? How low is too low?
  • How will I react to the offer and how much time will I need to make a final decision?
  • Are there any deal breakers that would cause me to turn down this job? What if the company tells me to “Take it or leave it”?

Finally, committing (“Do it right the first time”) refers to your ability to view this position as a long term role rather than a short term paycheck. This is extremely important as you do not want to accept the job based solely on your desperation and desire to “get a job”. These three questions are significant and should not be taken lightly:

  • Can I see myself in this job 1 year from now?
  • What will I do if I accept this job and another offer comes along in 3 months?
  • What are my odds of succeeding in this position? Am I being set up for success?
  • Will I be truly happy if I take this job or will I be replacing the stress of finding a job with the stress of being in a job that is unfulfilling?

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