Now that you’ve submitted your resume, attended the interview, and have received the job offer, what happens next? If you are on the fence at all about accepting this new position, there may be reasons for that. Before you say yes or sign any paperwork, it is worth taking a little time to decide. Politely let them know that you want to contact them back in a day or two so you have some time to weigh your options. And consider these areas to determine if the job is right for you.
The company values
The first step is to evaluate the company mission statement, their core values, and the reputation of the business. It is imperative that your personal values do not conflict with the values of the organization or your employment there will not be mutually beneficial. If you see things that you don’t like or you find that the company does not hold the same core values as you do, it may be time to consider another avenue. But, if your values match, it could be a great fit.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? You were probably asked this question in the interview process, but did you ask them about what they can provide you in those 10 years? Do you see yourself continuing to work for the company, or is it just a stepping stone? What kinds of career development opportunities do they have in place and how many people have been promoted within the company. Depending on the answer, you may have to make a decision.
New coworker dynamics
Did you have a chance to meet the others in the office? If you weren’t introduced to your future coworkers, this may be a red flag all by itself. The people you work with directly may be the most important dynamic in your new workplace, so it is critical to know whether or not you will get along with them or if there will be problems blending your work style.
Follow your gut
We are given so many conflicting thoughts about trusting our own instincts that it can be hard to make a decision. Don’t let this paralysis set in. If you have a negative feeling about the company, there might be a reason for that. Alternately, if you feel like this is an organization where you can really fit in and make a difference for them and for your long term career goals, go ahead and accept the offer.