You’ve been interviewing for weeks, and you finally receive the call you’ve been waiting for! While you may be tempted to accept the job offer on the spot, it’s important to consider if this is the best move for you.
Being excited about a job offer is definitely a good sign. However, accepting without thinking over the opportunity can be a major mistake in today’s job market; one in which you can be more selective when making career decisions. Not only is the unemployment rate at a five-decade low, but hiring is also up! According to our 2019 Career Outlook, 62% of employers plan on hiring new staff in 2019.
With more opportunities available to you, you’ll want to take a deeper dive into the details of your potential job-to-be and ask yourself some key questions:
Is there room for professional growth?
Will your new job allow you to grow professionally and enhance your overall career goals? Having opportunities for professional development are important because they not only ensure your skills will stay up-to-date with evolving trends, but you have a clear path for growth within the company. From management training to support for career-related courses to access to the latest technology, there are a lot of ways employers can offer professional development. In addition to seeing if the employer promotes any of these initiatives, you’ll also want to find out if the company has a promotion schedule. This will help you determine the expectations for advancement within the company.
Do I fit into the company culture (or am I just getting distracted by the snacks)?
Before accepting a job offer, you’ll want to identify if the company has a positive culture both within the busy workday and outside of work hours. Are there any professional groups, such as a women’s network or social committee, that may be of interest? Do you see that the company has a good social presence, regularly sharing updates on special events or meetings? Remember, a company’s culture goes far beyond the free snacks and ping pong tables. Those are certainly fun perks, but they don’t make a company a great place to work. The people, the mission and values, and team rapport do.
Does management seem supportive?
While it may not always come up in the interview process, try to find out how much interaction you will have with the company’s senior management team. For example, will they communicate the company’s goals and initiatives clearly with the rest of the employees? Having a supportive management team will provide a sense of inclusivity and transparency at the company, which can help encourage collaboration across the firm. This will not only give you more purpose in the workplace, but also help you see your direct impact on the over-arching mission.
Will I have work-life balance?
Another important consideration that might not come up in the interview process is the level of work-life balance within the job. Finding a work-life balance is becoming more challenging in our tech-savvy world and ensuring that there are boundaries between work and personal life can be easier said than done. However, it is possible! Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer if there are opportunities for a more flexible work schedule (i.e. working from home, compressed work weeks, etc.) if needed. Flexibility in the workplace can be a crucial part of finding a healthy work-life balance, so it would be helpful to find this information out before accepting the job offer.