Should I Take the Job Offer? 5 Things to Consider
Last updated August 17, 2023
So you searched for jobs, applied for a number of positions, nailed the interview, and now you have a job offer (or two!) on your plate. What are some things you might want to consider before taking the right job? What are some key questions to ask the hiring manager before starting? You ask yourself, should I take the job offer? We have you covered!
Pay, Tips, and Bonuses
You probably want to know how much you'll be making in the new job! Be sure you know how your new employer calculates your wage. Most jobs will be based on an hourly wage. If you have an internship it could be a stipend. Some jobs will pay more if you work overtime or on holidays. If you’ll be making tips at your job, that may affect the hourly wage, too! And many employers during peak holiday seasons offer signing bonuses to come aboard so be sure you know how you can maximize your initial paychecks! It is always great to ask the HR representative or hiring manager how your wage will be calculated.
Scheduling and Hours
Whether you are working a full 40-hour workweek or are looking for a part-time gig, scheduling is key to keep in mind as you decide on the right job. Ask the hiring manager if you will have a consistent schedule from week to week or if it will change every week. If you’re balancing school and work you definitely need to fit your job into your class schedule. Being upfront about your needs will be a big help!
How far is the new job from your home or from school? Are you going to drive or take public transit or get a ride from someone else? Be sure to map out different options for your commute to and from the job to see how much time and effort it will take to get there on time and get home at a reasonable time.
Benefits to Consider
The most immediate benefit of a job is that you get paid for your time and talent, but there are many other benefits to consider. Does this new job offer Paid Time Off or health insurance or tuition support? Be sure to ask the hiring manager about these tangible benefits. There may be other intangible benefits to consider, as well, such as a job that is aligned with your interests and skills. Getting experience in a field or industry that interests you is a great benefit of a first job!
Team Structure and Management
Do you thrive while working on a team? Would you rather work solo? Do you work well with close supervision or prefer a more laid-back leader? Every job is different and every company has a unique culture. Be sure to ask about what kind of team you will work on and how the management culture is at the company.
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