All of your hard work has paid off and you’ve finally received that coveted job offer. You should be proud of your accomplishment – but before you start celebrating, it’s important to do your homework and ensure the role is really right for you, and vice versa.
Before you accept the offer, take the time to review it and answer the following questions – if you aren’t sure, find out. Ask the hiring manager or someone you trust already in the organization. You will be able to learn valuable information about the company and its strategic plan and goals, the culture and its employees, the expectations of the role and the department, and the leadership and management style.
Once you have this information, you can accept the position (or not) knowing that you’ve made an informed decision that aligns with your short- and long-term career goals.
What you need to know about the role:
- What would be expected of you during your first 30/60/90 days in the role? What daily/weekly/monthly/other metrics would you be responsible for achieving?
- What would your day-to-day responsibilities include?
- What are the top three priorities in this role? What are the top three goals of the role?
- What are the key challenges this role is facing?
- How will your performance be evaluated?
What you need to know about the manager/department:
- What is the manager’s leadership style? What types of personalities flourish in the department?
- Is the manager someone who will mentor you and support your growth in the role/organization?
- How does the manager prefer to communicate with employees?
- How reachable are employees expected to be outside of business hours?
- What are the expected work hours? How do lunch breaks and other breaks work? What is the overtime expectation? Are there flex-hours or telecommuting opportunities?
What you need to know about the company:
- What are the goals facing the company for the next year? How well did the company reach its goals last year?
- What significant changes do you foresee in the company or industry?
- What is the employee engagement rate? Is there high-turnover in the organization?
- How does the company handle overtime/vacation/sick days/personal days/holidays?
- What is the salary? Is it in line with comparable positions? What benefits does the company provide its employees?
What you need to know about yourself:
- Does this role align with your short- and long-term career goals?
- Are you genuinely excited about the opportunity, or just happy to receive a job offer?
- Does the position speak to your skills and talents?
- Does the company’s corporate culture and workplace style suit you?
- Do the company values and vision align with your own personal values?
One thing to remember as you are going through the phases of interviewing as well as the job offer stage: The most successful interviewees share one consistent belief: They go into an interview more curious to discover whether the opportunity is right for them than to prove they are right for the job.
Sarah DeGrace is a Client Services Manager with Feldman Daxon Partners.
- On March 7, 2017