In the last year of college, we all spend days framing our resume correctly. Changing and rearranging things to make it perfect, and then, finally, sending out cover letters to start receiving job opportunities. Till this time, we have in mind an idea of exactly what type of work we want to do and what job position we should settle for.
However, when you put so much effort into a task, it is tempting to jump at the first opportunity that knocks on your door. Things start moving at a quick pace once you start receiving confirmations, and in no time, you are asked to make a decision. So, what should you do? The money is good, but, what else should you consider? Here's a list of things you should consider before accepting a job offer.
As a fresher, it is appealing to accept an offer with a high pay scale, but if the job description doesn't do justice to your desired role, you should drop the idea. Before joining any organisation, you should check your job responsibilities and the position they are offering you.
This is important because money will bring temporary happiness, but if you are not happy with the work, you'll eventually lose interest.
When you go for the interview, always remember to check the atmosphere. Closely observe how happy people are, what they are doing, is the culture professional and overall how you feel about the aura. You have to stay in sync with the company values to avoid clashes in the long run. So, go with your gut feeling on this one, and decide if you would like working at this place and in this atmosphere.
Sheryl Sandberg says in her book, "When companies grow quickly, there are more things to do than there are people to do them. When companies grow more slowly or stop growing, there is less to do and too many people to be doing them. Politics and stagnation set in, and everyone falters."
We all look for a big brand name when initially starting out. The impression of a great workplace, better environment, better pay scale and a good position flatter us. In reality, big organisations stop growing. If you want to learn and grow, join an organisation that is on its way up.
If you are relocating to a new country, state or district, commute should not matter because you can always find a nearby apartment to live in. But, if you are not relocating, consider the commute time. You will be making a huge sacrifice personally if your office commute is 2 hours long.
Some may think they can manage, but it is hard to work for 9 hours and then commute for 2-4 hours.
Before signing your offer letter or accepting the job, you should thoroughly read your offer letter. They are all not the same; every company has different policies and regulations. If you find something ambiguous or negotiable, then talk to the HR.
Some companies don't give away information about deductibles, policies, terms and other details until you sign the offer letter. When you find yourself in such situation, ask for clarification. You have the right to know everything beforehand. Don't sign any paper before reading every clause.
When you go for an interview or sit in a recruitment drive, everything will look good on the outside. The recruiters will brag about their company values and culture because it is their job to say the best about their organisation. But, you need to know the actual truth before accepting the offer.
Check online for company reviews from ex-employees, check if any of your seniors or someone you know worked for this company in the past or is still working for them. These employees will give you real insight into how things work.
After acquiring all this information and inquiring if the company culture and environment are satisfactory for you, you are good to go. You can take your issues to the HR before accepting the offer and see if they can resolve your queries. If they can, you'll know you are joining the correct company, and if not, you know there are better opportunities out there.