The fabulous job that you wanted now has put an offer on your table.
Accepting a new job offer can be exciting, invigorating - it makes us
all feel good and valued doesn't it! Accepting a new job offer should
not be made to quickly, we put this article together as a quick bit of
advice, should you want the best from your new employer in return for
your hard work and best efforts.
Accepting a new job offer is a
big decision and it's so tempting to give an immediate yes, even if it
is your first job offer or if it's the one you want.
So why do
we think you need to think about this offer? Because it's all too easy
to say yes without any thought, you might leave the interview room and
think over the offer and indeed think it's the wrong decision, or that
you have accepted less than you even wanted to.
First thing is
first, upon receiving the offer ask for a little time to consider - no
brownie points will be deducted for asking this, and it will give you
some time to make sure it really is the role you want to accept.
back to your potential employer within the timeframe you agreed at the
time of the offer - they don't want to keep other candidates waiting
whilst you think about it. Don't wait too long to call them either, if
you wait too long (we think 5 days to a week is too long) they will
simply think you are no longer interested or that you are waiting for a
better offer, this is not good and if you feel this is what you are
doing then the new job probably isn't for you. If it really does take
you longer than a couple of days to consider the job offer, then
re-contact the interviewer and ask when they need an answer from you.
you decide not to accept the job offer on grounds that perhaps the
salary is lower than you expected, or indeed lower than what you feel
is your personal value, then do explain this is the reason - but be
prepared to either have the offer withdrawn or to enter negotiations,
this is the best thing that can happen although they may already have a
candidate no. 2 to offer the job to...
Last of all good luck,
accepting a new job offer should leave you feeling great and if you
have been waiting a while for the right job then that's wonderful and
we wish you all the best in your new position!