Woohoo! You did it, you got the job! All your job searching and hard work put into CVs and cover letters finally paid off. You probably did your best to keep your cool during the hiring process and now you are at the finish line with a job offer in your hand. Take a second to be happy and excited, be proud for yourself, but before you rush into screaming ‘I ACCEPT!’ to the hiring manager, take a moment to consider the following six questions you should ask before you take the job.
1. Will This Job Make You Happy?
If you’ve been unemployed long enough, or if you’ve been unhappy at your last job, you might want to accept the job offer without a second thought. But, it’s important to ask yourself if this job would really make you happy.
You wouldn’t want to realize by the end of your second week that you’ve made a huge mistake and that you absolutely detest your new job.
So, consider whether this new job is closely aligned to what you want to be doing for eight hours a day. Will your work make you happy and satisfied?
If the answer is yes, then by all means accept the job offer. But, if you are not sure, you really ought to weigh the pros and the cons.
2. Is the Salary Right for You?
If we’re had a hard time financially, we are prone to accepting any job just because they are willing to pay us. However, that’s not very wise as you end up undervaluing yourself.
You need to really consider if the salary the company’s offering is really industry standards. Do your homework beforehand and find out what other companies are offering for similar positions. If what you’re being offered matches that, awesome!
3. Will This Job Take You Where You Want to Go?
Every step we take in our career is like a milestone in the bigger scheme of our career path, so you definitely don’t want to make the wrong choices. It only takes one wrong step to take you off your path, so every choice you make regarding your career needs to be carefully planned.
If you’ve applied for this position just for the heck of it, or just because you were desperate, you really want to think about how this position works in the greater scheme of things. If, by accepting this position, you remain on the right track, then wonderful. But if you find that this position will throw you off your game completely, then you should seriously consider rejecting it and start applying for positions that will only bring you closer to where you want to be.
4. Would You Thrive in This Workplace Culture?
As you probably know, our work takes a lot out of us and that’s why it’s important to work in places that make us happy.
If you feel like you’d be constantly depressed in this workplace – it could be that the culture is too serious or the environment is too gloomy – then it will probably not work out for you.
You need to be in an environment where you feel productive and motivated; otherwise, you’d make a really bad employee, and what good would that do?
5. Do You Like Your New Boss?
Hopefully, you will have met your manager during the hiring process. Before you accept the position, it’s important to take note of how you feel about this person; you don’t have to like them as if they were your BFF, but you need to feel like you can work with them effectively. You should feel like you won’t disagree on everything with them and that you’ll eventually be able to go out for a beer together without feeling like you want to stab them.
6. Will the Commute Kill Me?
While this may seem as unimportant at first, it’s essential that you address this issue. Long commutes can make you tired, stressed, and anxious which means that you’ll start falling behind on your work or that you won’t be living up to your standards.
If you’ll need to take a long commute each day, consider whether you can afford to move closer to the company; if you can’t, ask if the work hours are flexible at all. If they’ll allow you to come in earlier or later in order to miss the rush hour, then things could work out. But if they are not willing to help you out, you need to think this through.
I know that receiving a job offer these days equals to meeting the Queen or having tickets for the new Star Wars movie premiere, but you need to consider whether this job would really work for you before accepting it.
Do you have any other advice? Did you come across any other major issues you didn’t expect in your new job? Share your tips and experiences with us in the comments section below!