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Consider the Job Offer

Most experts do not recommend accepting an offer on the spot.

Express your appreciation and strong interest in the job, but request at least 24 hours to consider it, even when saying "Yes." Ask any immediate questions that you have.

If you are uncertain if you want the job, state that you would like to discuss some items before you can accept the job. Suggest meeting again to talk about the offer. It also might be helpful to ask yourself:

  • Does this job meet my long-term career and/or personal goals?
  • Is the company a good fit for me? Do its values match mine?
  • Is the work culture suited to my personality and work style?
  • Does the work look interesting? Is it challenging enough?
  • Do I really have the right skills for the job?
  • Is the salary enough for me to pay my bills?
  • Does it provide the benefits I want or need?
  • Will the job accommodate my personal and family needs?

As you weigh the pros and cons, consider the following:

  • Responsibilities
  • Work environment
  • Work schedule
  • Wage or salary
  • Insurance benefits (medical, dental, life, and disability)
  • Sick and vacation leave
  • Medical and other pre-tax accounts
  • Retirement plan options
  • Profit sharing or stock options
  • Parking or transportation
  • Child care needs
  • Flexible scheduling

Don't be afraid to ask employers for additional benefits or flexibility that you might require, but avoid submitting a list of demands. Many employers may want to meet your needs, but may not be able to do so.

Once you have considered the offer, make a decision and respond to the person making the offer. If you decide to accept, ask for the offer in writing to protect yourself. If you turn it down, do so professionally. You never know when you will cross paths with that employer again.

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