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Evaluating A Job Offer

Candidate evaluating a job offer

Evaluating a job offer is important in order to choose the position and company that best suits your needs and wants. You may be inclined to accept the first job offer or the one that offers the highest salary but this may not be the most prudent course of action. You need to carefully evaluate any benefits and compensation you are offered before accepting the position.  




Deciding on Job Offers

Deciding on job offers is a difficult task especially if the companies offer drastically different perks and starting wages. After you are first offered the job you should take time to evaluate all of the benefits and compensation that will be included. You do not want to take too much time of course when evaluating a job offer. One day is usually enough time to weight the options. You should not take more than two days or the company may believe that you simply do not care about the position you applied for.  

Job Evaluation - How to Evaluate a Job

When you compare different job offers you will want to look at a few areas in each. These areas should represent what you care about most in a position beyond starting salary.
  • Where is the company located? You do not want to accept a position with a company that requires a 2 hour commute. This will not only take up too much of your time but cost a lot in regards to gas.
  • What are the specific duties of the position?
  • What will your work schedule be? Is the schedule flexible? Do you get holidays off?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement within the company?
  • Will the company be around in five years? Ten years?
  • Do you believe that you will fit in with the company’s attitude and personality?
  • What will your average work week look like? Will you work 40 hours?
  • Should you expect overtime and if so how much will any overtime pay?
  • What is the starting salary?
  • Are there any benefits?
Write down the answers to these questions as well as any other information you feel important. If you have children you may need some form of childcare. Some companies offer on location day care while others do not even pay for childcare. While you may be tempted to take the position that offers more money the company that offers childcare might be better for your situation in the long run. Job satisfaction goes beyond that paycheck. You want to make sure to pick the job that offers adequate pay and job satisfaction.

Evaluating a job offer is not going to be an easy task. In the end you will want to choose the job that is right for you.  

How to Accept an Offer

Once you made your choice you will now have to write a letter of acceptance. This letter will simply state that you find the terms and conditions acceptable and that you would like be hired. Take time in the letter and restate the conditions you are agreeing to. Many companies will provide you with a list of benefits that are included in the offer. If this is the case you will just have to include a copy of this list with the acceptance letter.

Smaller companies, on the other hand, will often leave the benefits unwritten relying on a verbal agreement. By providing a list of the benefits you understand being offered will allow both parties to review the offer and discuss any discrepancies that might occur. Misunderstandings happen and this is the time to clarify any issues and concerns you may have concerning the job.

Accept the position with grace thanking the employer for the opportunity. Evaluating a job offer correctly will help you make the right employment decision.

Additional Resources:

How to Evaluate a Job Offer - Source: About.com

Negotiating the Job Offer - Source: About.com  

Source: The editors of McGraw-Hill and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Big Book of Jobs, 2009-2010,©2009 by the McGraw-Hill Companies. “Adapted” with permission of the publisher. This article may not be reproduced in any form without permission of the publisher.
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