Here are 7 things you need to consider before accepting any job offer.
1. The company’s stability.
The more stable they are financial, the more willing they are to allow pay raise.
People overlook this a lot become they want the job.
But, when you don’t consider it, chances are later on you are stuck with the same salary. This is because the company can’t afford to increase it.
2. Opportunities for growth.
The only thing constant should be the word “change”. If the company is, then no!
Dynamism is a recipe for constant movement, movement is synonymous with growth. You need to ask if the company has options for promotions as it brings more opportunities for growth.
Also, ask if their policies change to suit the economy. How many things do they review their processes and procedures to remain relevant? These signs are opportunities for growth, take it.
3. Educational Opportunites
Is your growth for knowledge supported by the company, then yes yes!
Everybody wants to work for a company that supports their individual growth. At times this growth will rely on more learning and qualifications.
4. The Company’s culture
Employers are careful not to hire anyone who poses a risk to the company’s culture so should you too.
The company’s culture has a big impact on how your job experience. It starts with how conflicts between employees are handled.
When do salaries get paid, and fund disbursement and bonuses, how does it work?
How are leave breaks calculated? Ask the interviewer these questions.
Also, don’t hesitate to ask them how they also feel about their job.
5. The team members
Their passion and respect for each other should be reassuring to you.
How is the team composed of (only one gender?), how do they view each other when communicating (cold and austere?), what’s their reaction to working generally (lackluster?). Take note!
6. Benefits offered
Yes, salary is important, but more has to be offered. Benefits are huge incentives.
Before signing that contract, ask about other packages that come with the job. And by packages, we mean bonuses, insurance, HMO, holiday allowances, and many more. These are important and you need to have them.
Also, it builds your self-esteem, when telling people about your job and the company where you work.
7. Working hours
There’s something called work-life balance. When you don’t consider it expects burnout in no time.
Never assume every company does 8-to-5. Ask! Make sure to understand the working hours and working days. Also any exceptions depending on special events or certain periods in the year. You have a life to live as well not a job to do alone.
An extra tip.
Go on websites like indeed.com and glassdoor.com to find reviews by past employees before you apply.