Don’t Take a Job Offer Unless You Get These 6 Things

As the playing ground has gotten more equal, people are not simply accepting job offers anymore — and you shouldn't either.

If you're planning on switching jobs or heading back into the job market, be prepared to say no to a job offer that doesn't feel right, or simply isn't right for you.

Nobody loves taking tests, but nobody loves taking a job and finding out they don't have the right skills, either. Especially if you're applying for a technical job, keep an eye on the hiring process and any tests that are being conducted.

A thorough screening of your skills

Access to future colleagues

If a certain team or team member is mentioned, why not ask the hiring manager if you could ask them some questions as well? After all — you'd be working very closely together — it’s even mentioned in the job ad — so making sure it's a good match would be smart, right?

Sometimes they’ll have to admit that yes, turnover is higher than they are hoping for, but they can give you clear insights on how they are working on that. That could be considered a positive.


Room for negotiation

Bring up the topic of salary early in your conversation and try to get the hiring manager to share their expectations first. If you catch the hiring manager talking about  “competitive” pay, ask for numbers. If anything, “competitive’’ pay should already be established on their side, right?

Make sure you’re getting to the bottom of what these benefits look like in reality. If there are benefits you want that aren’t listed, bring a list to the interview and specifically ask the hiring manager about it.

Details on benefits and bonuses.

Insights into your possible next steps

If a hiring manager isn't willing to look ahead and only wants to talk about the job at hand, take the hint: they are more worried about filling that role than empowering employees, and managing career changes.

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