A job search is not a race to find the first job you can get. You have to find the right job for you. At some point, you will need to evaluate a job offer or multiple job offers to decide on your future plans. This is an important decision in both your career and your life. Therefore it should be approached carefully.
It is common practice among many companies to give you a written employment offer. If not, request one. Make sure that the employment offer includes all of the details for the position such as compensation, status, work hours, benefits, and time off. This will help your comparison if you have multiple offers and reduce any misunderstanding on the terms and conditions of your employment.
During the interview process, it’s likely that you’ll have some discussion of salary. Some companies may ask you to submit your salary history or requirements, while others may informally ask about your expectations. In general, you’ll want to be sure you have a good understanding of the position and its responsibilities before you make any commitments about your salary expectations. For this reason, we recommend that you postpone any salary discussions to the later stages of the interview process. If you are asked about salary before you have a clear answer, always give a salary range, not a specific number. Note that it will depend on many factors, including learning more about the responsibilities and expectations of the position as well as the benefits offered.
The offer and negotiation process is different for every job. You should consider the salary and benefits package as a whole. It may not always be appropriate to compare one job against another based on salary alone. You will want to assess what benefits are crucial and which ones you might be able to forego.
Some jobs, like those in unions or government, may have very specific pay grades and benefits packages with very little room for negotiation. Some companies may offer a salary increase after you complete a probationary period and prove yourself.
Before entering a negotiation, you may want to consider the relationship that could result with your potential employer. Remember that while you have the right to refuse an offer, an employer can also withdraw an employment offer.
The best indicator of a successful salary negotiation is that it results in a win-win situation for you and your future employer. It’s important that both sides feel like winners and are excited to begin the new relationship.Job Offer FAQs