Determine the Right Fit

Beyond salary, you want to know if the organization will be right for you. It is common to spend a great deal of time in the office, so you want to be sure that it is a place where you will be reasonably happy and have access to opportunity.

Things to Consider

If you are weighing a job offer, here are some questions you should ask yourself.

Think about the organization.

People often underestimate the importance of how well their values align with those of their employers. However, aligned values can drive professional happiness and success. Clarify what is important to you and the organization. Some other areas to consider include:

  • Professional development
  • Opportunities for continued training
  • Assistance with continued education
  • Quality of life and personal time
  • Mentorship programs
  • Job security and staying power of the organization
  • Opportunities for enhancement
  • Geographic location and opportunities for travel
  • Corporate culture
  • Diversity initiatives
  • Reputation

Consider the environment.

What is the environment like? Your workspace? It is easier to be productive and creative when you are comfortable. Factors to consider include:

  • Commute to and from work and parking
  • Physical office space
  • Level of interaction with colleagues and supervisors

Consider everyday job satisfaction.

What will your day-to-day job duties be? Even if the salary is impressive, you won’t enjoy yourself if the job functions are not aligned with your likes and interests. Employees often rank enjoying their job as more important than salary. Consider:

  • Level of challenge and responsibility
  • Opportunity to expand skills
  • Potential to grow within the job