- Sep 30
Weighing the Job Offer
A number of factors come under consideration when you’re making a decision about a job offer. Obviously there’s “the package,” but putting the monetary value of the position aside for one moment, there are other aspects of the job to evaluate.
» Why is it available and how long has the position been open for?
» What happened to the previous employee?
» Have you seen a detailed job description? What are the specific responsibilities?
» Can you perform the responsibilities set out for the role?
» Do the daily activities actually appeal to you?
» Is there an opportunity for you to develop new skills?
» Are the goals set for the position fair, realistic and achievable?
» What is the growth potential in this role? Will it be a stepping stone to your next desired role? How does this position fit with your long-term career goals?
» Where does the company sit in its own market? Who are its competitors? What is its market share?
» How is business? Is the company growing, maintaining its size or shrinking? What is the potential of the company, and how will that affect your role?
» How experienced/respected are its management, and how long have they been there?
» Does the company have a high retention of people, or is there a problem?
» Is the company culture (and its values) compatible with your own?
» How long has this person been in this position, and what are his/her reporting lines (upwards)?
» What is his/her background, including previous work experience?
» What is his/her next likely career step?
» Do you get along with this person, and do you think you could work effectively with him/her?
Other Factors to Consider
» How will this new role fit with your existing (or desired) lifestyle?
» How will you cope with the stress and pressures of the new role, and of changing jobs?
» How long do you think this job will keep you happy?