Job offers just flat out sound great to job seekers.
Problem solved. Back to easy street. No more networking.
It’s like some nice girl offering you a hand-picked bouquet of flowers.
Ah, but not so fast. There’s much to do and much to think about, right?
After all, there’s still the issue of final reference checks, maybe they still have a background check to do and, of course, there’s the pesky drug screen.
Then are we done?
Well, of course not. We have to really think about whether the job offer is up to snuff, whether it properly values our skills and whether we can sneak in a vacation in our first year on the job.
So, can you ever accept a lower paying job? Would you?
If you did, would you regret it forever?
Here’s a true story about a local college MBA student (someone I am mentoring) and her situation told through three pieces of advice.
And, yes, she is very frustrated.
Here are three pieces of helpful advice when considering or negotiating a job offer:
1. If a company says you have 24 hours to accept their job offer, well, that is rarely the case. Don’t get rushed into accepting.
So her potential new employer tried to jam an offer down her throat and faked the 24 hour nonsense. I told her to thank him for the offer within 24 hours but not to accept anything. 24 hours is just silly. And no one who asks for it really expects you to answer that quickly. In this case, his demands of 24 hours turned into more than 3 weeks of nonsense (on the company’s part). Maybe he meant 24 days?
2. Negotiate the final job offer terms in person. Remind them again why they made you an offer in the first place.
I encouraged her to complete her negotiation with them in person. It allows them, seeing you again, to perhaps say yes to your offer. They probably don’t want to see you walking out that door. After all the work they put in to you. It also allows you and the company to shake hands (old fashioned, I know) and positively move beyond the negotiation stage.
3. The mistake is not in letting the poor job offer go…it’s accepting the wrong one.
In the end, they made her a bad offer, handled the whole thing poorly and left her feeling under-valued. In short, the process blew up and she was upset. The offer that was no doubt going to get better just got worse. The boss she thought she could grow to like became unlikeable and her frustration grew. So she turned it down and now will start from scratch. But she made the right decision. It is hard to turn down an offer. It takes courage.
Do you have a job offer on the way? Are you evaluating a job offer and under the gun to decide?
What questions do you have?
Thanks downing.amanda for the great photo via Flickr