How to handle a job offer

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So…you got the job!

You could either be overwhelmed with excitement or anxious as the thought of a new job is now a reality. Either way, you need to know how to handle the offer professionally.

First things first, express your appreciation. Out of everyone who applied for the vacancy, you were seen as the best fit; either for your experience, qualifications or personality. Graciously thank the hirer for their offer.

Now that you know that you’re desired, it’s your chance to ask about:

  • Hours of work
  • Salary and benefits
  • Holiday and sick pay entitlements

After all, it’s these perks that could make or break your acceptance. If you’re not happy with what’s being offered, negotiate whilst you are on the phone or face to face. Never try to do this over email. Always be reasonable and never greedy.

Once this has been discussed ask for the offer in writing. Then you can review all aspects before making a decision. Tell the employer you will respond to the offer within 24 hours of receiving it, giving you enough time to consider whether to accept.

Remember, how you deal with a job offer can strengthen or weaken the relationship with your potential employer. Always stay professional and maintain a positive relationship whether you decide to accept or decline.

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