Do you find yourself in a situation where you have multiple offers on the table? How does that make you feel? Nervous? Confused? Happy? Well first give yourself a pat on the back because you have got past the hardest part of the job search, the interview and you now find yourself in a position where more than one company wants to hire you… good news!
Now it’s time to decide which role will be the best role for you and your career. Most people will say this is an easy decision, just go with the role which is offering you the most money. However in this article we discuss the four key questions you should ask yourself before accepting an offer to ensure you choose the role that will offer you more than just short term benefits…
How do the salaries and package compare?
Probably the biggest driving factor for which job offer to accept is what salary and package you are being offered. Now if the salary and package is similar or the same then this question is slightly less important and we would suggest you put more emphasis on the other questions we have listed. However, if one salary is much larger than the other then you need to ask yourself would you be happy accepting the lower offer knowing there is a larger one available?
It is important to answer all of the questions before making your final decision, as although salary is crucial to making you feel valued and offering you the lifestyle you want, it’s also important to weigh up all the other factors to ensure you have career progression, opportunities to develop and that you join a company that you believe in and feel comfortable working for and progressing in.
Which role offers you the best opportunity to develop and grow?
The next question requires a little more thought and research. Given you have probably interviewed a couple of times, met some of the business leaders and discussed the role and opportunities available in depth, you should now have a good idea of what the companies are like and what they can offer you. If not then we suggest you take the time to discuss with your prospective new employers to ensure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Career development and progression opportunities are absolutely key to keeping you engaged, driven and focussed. So joining a company that can’t offer you this will only lead to you feeling stuck and in a couple of years you will probably be back looking for a new role... and you don’t want to be known as a job hopper, it won’t reflect well.
There are other factors that can help build up an idea of development and career opportunities within a company, such as size and whether they are a regional, national or international company.
Does the company culture fit with your values?
So you have weighed up the salary and package and the opportunity, now it’s time to see which company you will fit in with more. You are in the office/on site five days a week, so you have to be completely sure that the culture is right for you. This can be anything from management style and values to flexibility of hours and general team spirit and ethic.
You should have also got a good idea when you were interviewing, as this is when you should have been asking questions about the business and team to hep you build a picture about what it’s like working for the company.
Location, Location, Location?
Last but definitely not least, location. If the jobs that you are considering are both close to home then this question is not as important. However, if one is a lot further away than the other then you really have to take location into consideration. The biggest question to ask is “do I really want to be commuting for hours every day just to get to work?” How will this impact your work/life balance and will it drain your enthusiasm in the long term?
So you have the questions, now it’s time to answer them, reach a decision and then accept one of the offers. Good luck!!
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