It’s pretty exciting when you are offered the job.
So much that it may be difficult to stay focused. After receiving a job offer before you answer yes, there’s some questions you should ask and some negotiating that should occur.
Three Questions to Ask Before You Say Yes
The following initial questions you may want to ask the employer after receiving the job offer:
1. How soon do you Need my Answer?
While you might be tempted to immediately answer yes, don’t!
Instead, find out how long you have to give your answer. You should almost always have a 24-hour window. This gives you a bit of time to put together your negotiating questions and it signals that you may desire to discuss the offer further.
2. Can I get a Copy of the Job Description, Salary and Benefits Package?
These are exciting times, and it’s easy to forget what the actual job offer was and what the annual salary was.
You may have not even discussed benefits or at the very least just touched on them. Get all your information together before you make a decision.
3. If I Have Questions About the Benefit Package Can I Speak With You?
It may be your interviewer, your potential boss, or the HR department staff that will best answer your benefit package questions.
Find out who the person is you need to talk to.
Next is the Negotiation Questions
Once you’ve had your questions answered, it’s time to call the person who presented you with the offer and begin to ask the most important questions – the negotiation questions.
Salary: Negotiating salary after job offer
Salary may or may not be an issue.
However, if negotiating salary after a job offer is necessary you need to do this before you move on. Once the salary is worked out there are 5 negotiating questions to ask:
1. What is the Start Date?
Make sure that you and your future employer have the same date in mind.
For you ASAP might mean after two weeks’ notice at your current job, but for the employer it might mean within the next couple of days.
2. What are the Main Hours of Work?
You will want to know how many hours of work are expected of you each week and what your start time is and your quit time.
3. Who is the Supervisor I Will Report To?
You need to find out who it is that you report to at work.
It isn’t always who did the interview. Avoid confusion on your first day and know where and where to go.
4. Will you Help me With my Moving Expenses?
If your job requires you to relocate you should ask if the company pays moving expenses or a portion of moving expenses.
5. Can I Please Have These Negotiations in Writing?
Once you negotiate the perfect package ask the employer to put what has been said in writing, before you actually quit your current job.
In a Nutshell
There it is – in a nutshell, you now know the questions you should ask any potential employer after the offer of employment is made.
Getting the job offer is great, but having the right questions is important before you say “yes.”
“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
( Henri Matisse)
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