Getting a job offer can bring on a slew of emotions — like feelings of validation, success, and nervousness about what’s to come. But receiving one during a job interview is a different story. Here’s what to keep in mind before jumping off the deep end.
Don’t jump for joy just yet — pump the brakes!
Richard Moy, a content marketing writer at Stack Overflow, writes in The Muse that you shouldn’t feel like you have to immediately take the job — request some time to think. Moy also discusses various reasons why the company could potentially be trying to hire you so soon.
One of them is, “the position has been open for a long time, and The Person In Charge just wants to end the search.” Another is, “you’re getting low-balled and the hiring manager is hoping to lock you in for a little less money,” or it could just be that “the company is not a particularly great place to work.”
Negotiate the terms
“If you’re not 100 percent sure you want the job, consider negotiating the compensation package so you’re sure the position is the right fit for you. There are many parts of an employment offer that are negotiable, in addition to salary,” she writes. “You may be able to negotiate an offer that will make you feel more comfortable about accepting.
“When you start the job may be negotiable as well, and having extra time before you join a company may make your decision easier. Review these tips for negotiating a start date for a new job.”
Get it in writing first
Vickie Elmer writes on Glassdoor that you should “ask for an offer package,” and features advice from David Janowsky, a partner at WinterWyman: “The offer letter will spell out the key details of what’s included in the benefits and more. ‘Get it in writing. It does make it more official and a solid offer,’ said Janowsky.”
Talk it out with someone
Get out of your own head before making such a big decision — this definitely can’t hurt.
FlexJobs Content Manager Jessica Howington writes on the site about what to do if you’re still unsure about the offer.
“If you need some more perspective, consider talking to a third party,” she suggests. “Sometimes another point of view can help with being objective, even if it’s just getting your concerns or worries off your mind.”