Evaluate Job Offers

Receiving a job offer can be exhilarating. Or, it may be slightly disappointing if the salary is less than you were expecting. Either way, it is in your best interest to slow down and fully consider your next steps.

Manage Offers with Finesse

Understand the timing.

When you receive an offer, find out when the employer would like a decision. Usually a one- to two-week timeframe is cceptable. If, as you go through the evaluation, you feel you need more time to decide, you may ask for an extension. While organizations may not always be able to give you all the time you want, they will often try to be accommodating. However, be prepared to explain why you need this extra time.

Be thorough.

Be careful not to let your emotions tempt you to accept or reject an offer on the spot. Thoroughly review the offer, the organization and the job. After all, you may spend 40 – 60 hours per week (or more!) at work, so you want your decision to be the right one. In your evaluation: