3 Questions to Ask Before You Accept a Job
Congratulations! After what seems like an eternity of looking for a new job, you finally have that elusive offer. While the first thing you may be inclined to do is hit “reply” and accept the job, there are a few things you should consider first (if you haven’t already).
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1. What do current and and former employees think about the company?
Hopefully, you’ve done this due diligence while going through the interview process, but if you haven’t, it’s imperative you start doing a little digging to find out what people who work there — and have worked there — think about the company.
Since you may be looking for a job in the dark (i.e., your current employer doesn’t know) social media may not be your best route, unless you’re super savvy about how you phrase your question. If you have a strong enough network, you could DM current or former employees on Twitter and ask how they like working there.
In fact, asking former employees what they thought about the company could give you insight into what’s not so great. Of course, if they’re disgruntled in any way, take their opinion with a grain of salt. Don’t be afraid to use LinkedIn to see how long people tend to stay at the company and how often the company hands out promotions; this should give you an idea of what it will be like to work there, too.
2. Do you know what your job really will be?
You may have responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a “marketing coordinator,” but after going through the interview process, the job started to sound more like an executive assistant role helping the VP of marketing (or something similar.) As Alison Green at US News explains, “Job descriptions don’t always tell the full story, and they’re often outdated or so vague as to be almost meaningless.”
Before you accept the job, be sure you’re absolutely clear on what the actual job entails. That way, you’ll ensure not only that you’re satisfied with your new position, but that you’re fairly compensated.
3. How will this role affect your life?
A new job often means a new commute, a new schedule, and an entire new routine. It’s just as important to ask questions about how the job will impact your life — and your family — as it is to consider whether or not you’ll like the job. For instance, a great job with a three to four hour commute might not be worth it, either literally or figuratively.
“Numerous happiness studies [report] a person’s commute time has an enormous impact on their level of happiness and well being — so much so that it takes a substantially higher salary to compensate for a long commute.” writes Michael Kerr at Business Insider.
Finally, do a gut check. Is this the job you really want? If there’s something nagging at you, nudging you to reconsider, trust your intuition, and keep searching.
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