January is typically a popular time for many companies to prioritise hiring for the challenges ahead. Additionally, there are also the highest number of jobseekers on the market, on the lookout for new opportunities. As a result, there are predictably more interviews taking place, and ultimately, more job offers being made. Being offered the position you have interviewed for is obviously positive news, but it doesn’t mean you should actually take the role. There are several questions you should ask yourself before accepting an offer, and you have every right to do so. After all, it’s an important decision, and you must ensure the company is right for you.
Do you feel passionately about the role?
If you have been conducting your job search for a considerable amount of time, you are likely to be tempted to accept any job offer that comes your way. However, this should not be the case. Despite job seeking sometimes being a drawn out and arduous process, this should not be the reason for accepting a job. You must decide whether the position is right for you. Is it working in an industry that excites you? Is the position in the area you are looking to progress your career within? If the reality does not match this, then you should think twice before accepting. If you join a company you are not passionate about then you will quickly be looking to move on to pastures new again.
Does the position have progression prospects?
This question is more directed towards those who are in the embryonic stage of their career, but it can apply to anyone. Is it clear from the job interview that the company has a clear path available for progression? If you are looking to advance your career, and move up the ladder, this has to be seriously considered. During the interview, this should be one of the questions you ask the employer. It is then down to them to convince you that this is the case, and if they do not give any assurances, then you have a decision to make. Even if the position sounds attractive, a limited scope for progression should be considered. Not everyone will prioritise this, but for those that do, ensure you get visibility that you will be given the chance to build up your skillset with the company.
Is the company culture one that suits you?
Even though you cannot be sure of this until you actually start working for a company, you can develop a pretty good idea. It is vitally important that you are going to be happy in the environment you will be working in. After all, you spend a significant amount of your time there. Consequently, it is important that you build up a picture regarding the culture of the business. But how can you do this? Well the first thing you can do is visit their website. You can gain an insight into how the company operates by undertaking such research about them. Furthermore, how you are greeted and welcomed during the interview stage also lends a hint about how they work. Gather as much information about this as possible and weigh up whether this suits you.
Does the entire package meet your expectations?
Finally, once you have been convinced about the role, progression prospects and company culture, you must consider whether the package being offered falls in line with what you expect. This includes the salary, benefits, flexibility and location. Is the salary on offer at the level you expect it to be at? Are all the benefits you desire included? Do they have a degree of flexibility in their working hours? Is the location suitable and sustainable on a daily basis? These are all the different issues you must consider before making a final decision. Therefore, there are clearly various questions to ask yourself before you can go back to the company with an acceptance. Do not leave any stone unturned!