Questions to Ask (Yourself & Employer) Before Accepting a Job Offer-1“We would like to extend an offer to you, congratulations!” Getting this email or phone call is an exciting moment as a job seeker. Finally, all of your hard work of networking, phone screening and interviewing has paid off. Before accepting an offer too quickly, it is prudent to take time to ask yourself and the employer fundamental questions. Below we have a list of questions to review before saying “Yes!” to your new position.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Am I okay with the commute? You might tell yourself that the commute “wasn’t that bad” when you went in for the interview, but make sure that you are going to be content with making that same commute every day. Figure out what transportation methods you will need, factor in all the costs, and keep in mind that your commute may differ depending on the weather conditions and traffic during rush hour.

  2. Am I interested in this type of work? Double-check that the job description matches the type of responsibilities that you are seeking. Also, ask yourself if the specific industry is right for you and if you can picture yourself there. Ultimately, will your career needs and wants be satisfied at this job/industry?

  3. Is the pay reasonable? Your salary is a crucial factor when deciding to take a job. Ask yourself if you will be able to live comfortably with the pay they are offering. If the offer isn’t sufficient and you believe you have valuable experience or skills, don’t hesitate to ask for more money. It’s easier to negotiate your pay before accepting a job than after.

  4. Does it seem like a place where I will fit in? If you get the chance to interview in the place of work, take a moment to look around the space and acquaint yourself with the current employees. If you can’t picture yourself working in that type of environment or with the team, it might not be the right opportunity for you.

  5. Can I see myself staying here long term? The last thing you want to do is waste anyone’s time. Accept an offer with all intentions that you plan on staying and hopefully advancing in the role.

Questions to Ask the Employer

  1. What is my schedule? Confirm the days you are expected to be in the office and what the hours are. Will you be working days, evenings or nights? Determine what is considered full-time for the company and if there is any overtime.

  2. What benefits am I eligible for? It is imperative that you ask the employer about any and all the benefits that they offer. Not only is insurance and a retirement plan significant, but also ask about paid time off, work from home opportunities, discounted transportation costs, just to name a few.

  3. Who will I be reporting to? If you meet with someone in Human Resources during your interview, this person is generally not going to be your boss. Introduce yourself in-person to the individual who you will be reporting to if you don’t meet them during the interview process. Make sure that they are going to be someone who you are comfortable going to for help and guidance.

  4. Is there room for growth/bonuses? You don’t want to accept a job that isn’t serious about your commitment to the company. Have a conversation about ways to grow within the job and who you will be receiving feedback from, so that hopefully down the line you are eligible and deserving of a promotional bonus.

  5. Who is on my team? Ask how big of a team you will be working with or if you will be part of a team at all. Determine if you’ll fit in personality-wise, considering you will be spending the majority of your time with your co-workers.

Questions to Ask (Yourself & Employer) Before Accepting a Job Offer 1

By asking yourself and your possible future employer these questions, you will be able to make the best decision possible when deciding to accept an offer or not. In the end, the decision is yours.  Just take the necessary time to review all the details and make sure it aligns with your career goals.


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