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.

The position

  • 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?

The company

  • 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?

The boss

  • 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?
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