You've got your job offer so now it's time to celebrate! But before you crack open that bottle of bubbles you might want to have a read of our job offer guide. Accepting a job is a big decision, so we'll take you through some of the things you might want to think about before you make your final choice.
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Congratulations on your job offer!
After all those CVs, cover letters, interviews and assessment centres, the moment has finally arrived. You’ve received a job offer and you’re on cloud nine! Take a moment to give yourself a big pat on the back, and a well deserved glass of wine/Dominos pizza/10 hour nap/whatever floats your boat to celebrate all your hard work paying off.
But before you celebrate, you need to take a step back, iron out all the details and make sure this job is really the one for you. This doesn’t mean you’re being ungrateful or selfish, but it means you’re sensibly weighing up your options, and not jumping into a role that isn’t going to suit – #adultlife.
So what’s the problem?
There’s no problem, but there’s no point in taking on a job role only to realise three months in that you hate it and it definitely isn’t the one for you. While your parents might be pushing you to sign that contract asap, don’t feel pressured into doing anything until you’ve checked out all the details and decided this is 100% the job for you. It’s going to help define the rest of your career path after all, so you need to be sure about what you’re doing.
Just stop, take a deep breathe, and have a look at those job details.
Things to consider when you receive a job offer
You might just think a job is a job, but there are lots of different aspects of the role you might want to question and clarify before you jump in head first. If you’re not sure what kind of things you should be thinking about, here are some to get you started:
You need somewhere you’re going to thrive both personally and professionally, so take the time to suss it out.
Read some reviews
You wouldn’t buy a new laptop without reading the reviews first, so you shouldn’t accept a job offer without reading what other people have to say about the company or even the specific graduate scheme you’ll be enrolling on.
Sites like Glassdoor contain thousands of reviews from employees about their place of work, and are the perfect way to get some honest opinions. If they flag anything up, make sure to check your contract or ask your contact in the company any questions you’re unsure about. Don’t fall into the trap of believing everything a disgruntled former employee says, but stay clued up and clarify absolutely everything.
How to say no to a job offer
Turning down a job offer is never going to be a walk in the park, but if you’re sure it’s not right for you then you’re certainly entitled to. The best thing is to be as up front, open and honest as possible. Try and arrange a phone call rather than communicating over email to make things as easy as possible, and just explain honestly the reason why you’ve decided to turn down the job offer – either because the role isn’t right for you or you received another offer elsewhere.
Be as polite as possible but firm, and the chances are they’ll understand. If they act a bit miffed don’t take it too personally. Companies do spend considerable time choosing which candidates to select, but they’ve likely had job offers rejected before. Don’t panic, they’re not going to black list your name for life.
Turning down a job offer is never going to be a walk in the park, but if you’re sure it’s not right for you then you’re certainly entitled to.
Get it all in writing
It sounds like something your mum would say, but seriously get everything in a written contract before you agree to anything. You don’t have to act too suspicious or cynical about it all (you don’t want to get off to a bad start with your employer before the first day) but just politely ask for a contract containing all the details.
If there’s something you’re not sure about, flag it up. It’ll help you to rest easy knowing you’ve got everything written down for future reference and you can just focus on doing what you do best – rocking your new role.
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