A job offer can get you up on your feet. However, before you sign on to spend 30 to 40 hours a week at your new place of employment, make sure you do your homework and know what you’re potentially getting yourself into. Here are seven questions you may want to ask before saying yes:
What will I be doing day to day? Do you know the scope of the job? Sometimes job descriptions may not be clear (or sometimes meaningless). Don’t assume that you know what the job will be like on a daily basis. Ask questions to make sure you have a clear picture of how you will be spending your time in the office and what your responsibilities will be.
How will my success be judged? It is important to find out how the company will assess your performance to declare you a productive employee (or not). If you accept a job without clarity on that point, you may well regret accepting the job.
Will I excel at this kind of work? Make sure your strengths and skills will be of use.If not, you might end up under unnecessary stress as you struggle.
What culture will I be working in? Know the culture of the place where you’ll be working to determine if you’ll be comfortable working in that kind of environment. If the culture makes you uneasy at some point, it’ll be more difficult for you to be an effective employee in the long run.
What type of manager will I be working for? Keep in mind that your manager will have a huge influence on whether you’ll be happy at work. Make sure you know something about the management style of your boss beforehand. With careful questioning and observation, you can find out.
Do I know all the details regarding the compensation package, health insurance and paid time off? Don’t just focus on salary upon receiving the job offer. Find out all the benefits the company can offer you before signing the contract.
How will this job fit with my career path? Will you benefit from the job you’ll be accepting — in terms of your career? Make sure the job is somehow related to where you really want to take your professional life.
Getting the answers to these questions before accepting the job offer will help you make the right decision.