What to look for when evaluating job offers...

The decision to accept or decline the offer should start long before you’re extended the offer. The first thing you need is a list of your deal breakers, must haves and items you would be willing to be flexible on.  The list should help guide your decision making with deciding to apply for a job and or accept the offer.  If you have the luxury of being able to turn down offers, then you should only apply for jobs that you want. 

Let’s start with deal breakers…

A deal breaker is anything that would make you automatically decline an offer no matter how much money you’re being offered.  So the list of deal breakers should be easy to make and may include items such as commute time, hours and benefits.  This list will help you filter out the jobs that you know you wouldn’t want to get.  Some of the items on your list you may not be able to find out the answers until the actual interview depending on the issue.  However, for some things by researching the company’s website or checking out Glassdoor.com or other websites, you will be able to get the answers you need.  So make sure you’re doing your due diligence with researching potential employers.

For example with finding out salary ranges, you can view different sites to get an idea of what that range could possibly be for the job.  If you know in advance what the salary is and you know it’s not what you want, you can decide if that is a job you want to pursue or not.

Vacation time can be a very touchy subject for many.  If you’re leaving a job where you had 5 weeks and your new role will start off at 2 weeks, this may be a deal breaker for you.  Vacation time doesn’t have to be a deal breaker as this could be something you negotiate with your offer. Some benefits may be negotiable, but this will also vary from company to company.

Another item that is often overlooked when it comes to evaluation of offers is the culture or manager you would be working for. When it comes to the actual interview sometimes the nerves of the process may make you miss out on really observing the culture and environment you would be working in.  Make sure you take time and observe the environment and workspace and the employee’s interaction as you could be spending a lot of time there if you accept the offer.

When evaluating a job offer, you’re the only person who can decide if an offer is right for you!  So make a list and check it twice.

Do you have a deal breaker list for evaluating offers?