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Accepting a Job Offer: 5 Things to Ask About

On13/ 11 /18
So it’s happening – after countless job applications and multiple rounds of interviews, an offer letter finally lands on your desk. But before you say ‘yes’ to this life-changing decision, don’t be afraid to ask an employer certain questions. Not sure about the length of maternity cover or the way your holiday entitlement calculations are being made? Now is the time to raise your concerns. 

In this article we list out 5 of the most important questions to ask a potential new employer before deciding whether or not to take the role.

Discuss the benefits packages

A generous employee benefits package can be a great motivator and can help keep people in the same company for longer. According to a survey from Aflac, "60% of employees perceive having a benefits package as extremely important to their loyalty". If you happen to be one of them, then reviewing your benefits package before making a final decision about the job offer is crucial. If the benefits are not appealing enough, this may be a sign that the company isn’t the right fit for you.

When reviewing the package, pay attention to essential perks, such as discounted childcare or a private healthcare package, as well as leisure perks, like regular team bonding activities or a gym membership. If you feel like the benefits package isn’t satisfactory enough, speak to your future employer and try to negotiate.  While benefits tend to be standard for all employees, there are some that can be open to negotiation. 

 
Check reviews

Trustworthy feedback can make or break your decision about a company. You can tell a lot about a company’s ethos and morale by listening to what current and past employees have to say about it. So before making a final decision it’s advisable to do some research online and look for any particular issues that raise a red flag. Start by visiting online directories such as Glass Door or Google Business Reviews, and don’t hesitate to check the company’s social media profiles to find about more about the way the business deals with their online presence and their approach to handling feedback. 

Negotiate the salary 

Did you know that only 1/3 of people tend to negotiate their salary before accepting a job offer?  And while companies almost always build some negotiation room into their benefits package, a study published by Salary.com revealed that a whooping 59% of respondents did not negotiate their salary because it makes them nervous and apprehensive. 
So if you’re one of those people who are unhappy with their monthly wages, why not raise your concerns now?

While negotiating, remember to be firm and professional while remaining realistic. Do some market research beforehand to find out average and top salaries for similar roles. Make sure you research both locally and nationally, to get a realistic idea of going rates. 

Knowing the market will put you in a far stronger position to negotiate with your employers, and show them that you did your homework. 

Work schedule 

Confirming your work schedule before accepting an offer is important. This is especially true if you might be asked to do overtime or travel for business, which will require more time and therefore might negatively affect your personal life.

Before accepting a job offer you should ask about any overtime and the way that will be paid for. If you are expected to stay after hours when required, would you get extra money? Or, instead, will you be rewarded with additional time off on the top of your regular holiday allowance? Remember that your future boss might want to avoid the answer to not to scare you off from accepting the job, so find a discreet way of asking your future colleagues about this if you can’t find anything in the reviews. 

Room for progression 

One of the biggest concerns for any newcomer is having room to grow in your new role and company. Everyone wants to be successful in his or her jobs, and asking about promotion opportunities can only present you in a positive light. 

Learning about a company’s commitment to development will give you a great understanding on how much the organisation values its employees. If you find out that there are no obvious career progression opportunities, think twice about your choice as you’re more likely to hit a dead-end which will negatively affect your development.  

If you’re ready to find a new employer in the Thames Valley area then view our available jobs or upload your CV to get started today.
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