Evaluating a Job Offer
When you receive an offer, get it in writing. It should provide details including salary, start date, location of the assignment and any other special things discussed during the interview. The employer will let you know if the offer is contingent upon passing a background check or drug screening.
Take the time to weigh the pros and cons of the position, the company, the management, and the details of the offer itself. Consult with others whose opinion you value and are affected by your decision. Ask yourself why you want the position. Are you accepting the job to gain experience and skills or are you accepting the offer to just have a job? Only you can answer these questions but you should know ahead of time what you are getting in to and accept the job for the right reasons.
After receiving the offer it is important to review benefits information. You might have questions like, “When do the benefits start? What health insurance plans are offered? What kind of professional development opportunities are available?” etc. Benefits might include: vacation, sick leave, health/dental/vision plans, disability insurance, life insurance, relocation/moving expenses, stock options, retirement, profit sharing, tuition reimbursement, professional development, health/fitness program, signing bonus and commission.