There’s a process and etiquette around how to negotiate and accept a job offer that you may not be aware of. Accepting a job is a huge commitment, so it’s best to know what you’re getting into before you sign on the dotted line.
Questions to ask before you commit
Yes, you want to make a good impression and you’re excited to be offered the job, but remember that this is ultimately about you and what you want for your career. So ask questions and be clear before accepting the job.
- Will there be targets you need to meet? What will your role and duties entail? Ask upfront so that you know what you’re in for.
- Will I grow? You’re not looking to remain stuck in the same position for the next 20 years, so make sure that you’re clear on what the opportunities are for development and promotion.
- What is the company culture? Will you fit in with this culture? Will you be happy working in this environment? Are there opportunities for travel, flexi-time or casual dress? It could be a great offer, but remember that your work environment affects your happiness and is as important as the job itself.
- What are the company values? Do these fit in with your personal values? Is there common ground and will you be working for a common purpose?
- What are the salary and benefits? Yes, it makes us cringe to talk about money and you may have been warned not to do it during your interview. However, before you accept a job, you need to find out what you’ll be earning and what benefits and bonuses you’ll receive, as well as how much of your salary will go towards benefits such as medical aid and provident fund.
Ultimately, while you need to find a job, the fear of not getting another offer may prompt you to commit to something you’re not entirely happy with. Remember, job satisfaction is about much more than how much money you earn. Working at a company where the culture and values are a good fit with your own is crucial to consider before you take the plunge.