When you've been sending out resumes and taking interviews on a regular basis for a few weeks or more, you're probably eager to get the job search over with and just settle into a new position. However, when you get an email or phone call telling you that the job is yours, you shouldn't necessarily accept right away.
In fact, there are a number steps you should take when responding to a job offer, which will help ensure you've positioned yourself as strongly as possible:
1) Take your time accepting
The first step to making sure you're fully prepared to take the job is to sleep on it, and never say yes initially, according to UpJourney. There are a lot of potential considerations that go into taking a job, so once you know it's yours if you want it, you can typically take a day or two to really think everything over. You may want to consider the salary and benefits offerings, how it will affect your commute, how well positioned the company is to help you achieve your professional goals and so on, but it does take some consideration.
2) Make sure your response is positive
Even if you're taking a day or two to think about it, and you're really not totally sure whether the job will ultimately be right for you, your response should be upbeat, UpJourney added. After all, you might end up taking the job and want to establish the best possible relationship with a potential manager or coworker right away. Even if you end up passing, you certainly don't want to leave a bad taste in the company's mouth - especially because they just offered you something positive themselves.
3) Keep it brief
Whether you receive the job offer via phone or email, it's an initial conversation that should be kept brief, according to Write Express. You can get the general details of the offer itself and say thanks for the consideration, but there shouldn't be any room for negotiation at that time.
4) See if you can negotiate
During the call or in the body of that email, you will likely get the basic idea of the compensation you'll receive if you take the job, Write Express added. That includes salary, benefits, perks and so on - and all need to be considered carefully. With that in mind, though, see if there's room to add something to what's being offered; sometimes there won't be and that's certainly something to keep in mind, but at the same time, you also shouldn't get into a big push-pull over a few minor details.
5) Don't just take their word for it
Finally, it's important to get the offer in writing if you are taking it over the phone, according to career expert Lelia Gowland, writing for Forbes. While it might be rare, you don't want to get into a situation where you feel you've been offered one thing and the company feels the offer was something different. If you have it in writing, there's no room for ambiguity or misunderstanding.
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