What to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer: Everything You Need to Know! | Indeed Career Tips

Hey there, and welcome back to
in Indeed's YouTube channel. This is the career tip series. I'm Sinéad, and I am super
pumped for today's episode– what to consider before
accepting a job offer. Yes, today we are breaking
down the top five aspects you should always take
into serious consideration before you say yes to that
brand new shiny job offer. Now, if you realize as we go
through these considerations that the offer you just received
is not for you after all, don't even worry because if
you stick around until the end, we have also got
you covered with how to navigate that exact
situation professionally. All right, let's get started. Consideration number
one– personal priorities. Life looks different
for everybody, so think about your
unique situation. While some candidates may have
certain personal requirements for an ideal job,
others may not. So if two people receive
an identical offer, it may be better suited for
person A rather than person B, right? So always consider your personal
priorities that directly impact you. Do you have a family? This situation will likely
impact your salary needs.

It may cost more to
feed a family of four versus a family of two. And health care benefits
may also be a requirement if you have a family. Does this job require
you to travel? And are you open to that? And if the answer
is yes, do you know how much travel is involved? Step back and evaluate the
commitment of time and travel needed from you.

Is this position remote,
hybrid, or completely in-person? And how far would you
be willing to commute? A job that pays well but
requires time commuting may not be worthwhile if
there is an opportunity that pays slightly less but allows
you to save a lot of time by working from home. Do you have specific
career and salary goals, and does this job
opportunity meet or exceed those expectations? Let's face it,
you have expenses. You have needs and live up to
a certain standard, whatever that may be for you. But you know personally what
constitutes as financially stable. Once you've identified
your personal priorities, it's time to rank them from most
important to least important. Now, this exercise can allow
you to strategically evaluate your job offer
because the truth is, if your personal
priorities don't align with the needs of
this new position, it may not be the
best fit for you.

Now, before we move on to
our next consideration, just know that we
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with the intention to help you make your
next big career move. All right, let's move on to
consideration number two– job details. In addition to evaluating
your personal priorities, you might also consider
taking a deeper look at the role description itself. You likely learned
more about the position during the interview process
so you have more information now than you did, say,
when you first applied. So really dive into
the details that you've learned about the role. Choosing a new job or career is
a big life-changing decision.

By weighing your
options, you can avoid the need to look for
a new job in six months. Take your time. Think about it. And let's review
some questions you can ask yourself as you
evaluate the details of the job. What are the daily
responsibilities of this job? If you take a job that
requires repetitive tasks, you might find yourself feeling
stagnant or simply bored. Alternatively,
taking a role that is ultra ambiguous and
fluid can be exhausting and could even lead to burnout. Does it mention anything
about success metrics? And if so, are they reasonable? How and when are your
metrics reviewed? What happens if
expectations are not met? These questions can help you
get a better understanding of how your performance and
production will be measured. Each of these factors
should provide insight on whether this job
opportunity is something that you want to pursue
or something that you'd like to respectfully decline. But if you don't
ask these questions, you risk going into a
situation somewhat blindfolded. So do your best to
self-reflect on what you need from a position,
weigh all your options, and then choose a role
that allows you to do the work that you really enjoy.

Consideration number
three– is this a step forward in your career? When evaluating an offer,
it's important to ask where this role is taking
you in your career journey. Will it allow you to move
up, down, or laterally? Is it a promotion or a step down
from what you're already doing? Accepting a low salary can
impact your earning potential, but accepting a lower
job title doesn't always mean that you're
taking a step down. There are several ways beyond
the job title and salary to determine the type of
professional move this will be.

If you're keeping
a similar title but moving to a more successful
company or in-demand industry, that could be a move up. Look past the titles
and cash for this one. You can also try
using Indeed salaries to research market averages
for your offered position. Look at comparable
companies and ask peers in similar roles for
their starting salaries if they feel comfortable
sharing that kind of information with you. Take the entire compensation
package into account, and recognize that some
companies offer sign-on and annual bonus structures. You may also be offered wellness
and travel reimbursements, stock options, and equity. Be sure to review the
entire benefits package. If the job sounds
amazing but it's not 100% of what you need in
terms of compensation, you could also try negotiating.

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And this process does not
have to be intimidating. Just check out our video
on salary negotiation tips to help you prepare. Yes, there is so much
to consider here, so be extra thoughtful by really
evaluating these job details and then move on to
our next consideration. Consideration number four–
your potential manager. Sometimes people
don't leave bad jobs. They leave bad bosses. It's unfortunate,
but yup, it happens. So let's try to avoid this
situation at all costs shall we? Try to think back and
reflect on your interactions with the hiring manager so far.

Did you see any red flags while
conversing in your interview? This could include
the interviewer speaking negatively about
the previous employee or saying something that
is simply not aligned with your core values. What is their
leadership philosophy? If you prefer to
work autonomously, you may not enjoy
working for someone who enjoys being heavily
involved in decision making. How do they communicate? Look them up on professional
social media platforms to really get a feel for their
personality, accomplishments, and career track record. You can tell a
lot about a person by seeing how they
interact online.

Does it appear like this team
is experiencing high turnover? Try researching people
who are currently or were previously in this
role to see how long they held the position. You can even take
it one step further and ask a former employee
about their experience. Just know that multiple people
showing short-term employment could be a potential red flag. Do they show signs of
emotional intelligence? It's likely you will
want a manager who understands the personal
and professional needs of their team. In an interview, this
can be demonstrated by listening to your answers
without interrupting or asking thoughtful follow-up questions. And for even more on emotional
intelligence in the workplace, be sure to check out
this video right up here.

Now that we've considered
who your manager might be, let's take a look
at the big picture. Consideration number five–
the company as a whole. Before you accept
your job offer, get a 360 view on the
company's culture, environment, reputation,
and future growth potential. Let's break it all down. You can get a good sense
of a company's culture through their website,
social media accounts, and through conversations
with current employees. Company environment
is related to culture but really concerns the
day-to-day engagement and workflow. So try asking
questions like is there a sense of healthy productivity,
or does working overtime seem to be the norm? Is the team dynamic,
collaborative, or independent? And is this in line with
how you prefer to work? Work environments have a huge
impact on your progression and longevity with the
company, so take all of this into consideration.

And while you're
at it, get a sense for the company's reputation. Look for trends in what's
being said about the company. It's also important to
acknowledge the company's local market and industry
reputation, which leads us to the future. We talked about the
future of your role, but what are the
company's future plans? Are they a leading
employer in their industry? If so, how do they plan
to keep their rank? If not, what are their plans
to become the industry leader? Interviewers love to ask
about our five-year plan, so consider turning
the tables and asking the same question of them. Now, after a deep thought,
healthy consideration, and a comprehensive
review of the job offer, it may be time to accept. And if that's the case, yes. Congratulations. But what happens if you
come to the realization that you don't want this job? What do you do? How do you turn down an
offer while maintaining professional integrity? Sounds like it's time
for our bonus tip.

If you do decide to
decline the offer, try your best to
lead with gratitude. Thank your interviewer for
their time and the opportunity, and close with optimism. You can say something like, I
sincerely appreciate the time that you took to share more
about your organization and I enjoyed meeting
everyone on the team. I'm not able to
accept this offer, but I hope our paths
will cross in the future.

Whether it's a yay or
a nay for this new job offer, best of luck to you. We'll see you next week
on a Indeed's career tips. I'm Sinéad. And of course, don't forget
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