To help ensure you make a wise decision when you are offered a job, express your appreciation and strong interest in the job, but request at least 24 hours to consider it, even if you’re pretty sure you’re going to say "Yes." Ask any immediate questions that you have. Then put together what you know about the following:
- Work environment
- Work schedule
- Wage or salary
- Insurance benefits (medical, dental, life, and disability)
- Sick time and vacation leave
- Parking or transportation
- Child care needs
- Flexible scheduling
- Future growth opportunities
- Education or training benefits
- Medical and other pre-tax accounts
- Retirement plan options
- Profit sharing or stock options
Use that information to assess how well the offer fits you:
- Does the work look interesting? Is it challenging enough?
- Is the company culture a good fit for me? Do its values match mine?
- Will the job accommodate my personal and family needs?
- Is the salary enough to pay my bills?
- Does it provide the benefits I want or need?
- Will this job help me meet my long-term career or personal goals?
Don't be afraid to ask employers for additional benefits or flexibility that you might require, but avoid submitting a list of demands. An employer may want to meet your needs, but may be limited by budget and policies.
Once you have considered the offer, make a decision and respond to the person making the offer. If you decide to accept, ask for the offer in writing. If you turn it down, do so professionally. You never know when you will cross paths with that employer again.