You always want to start off on the right foot with your new employer. How the offer process is handled will impact how the relationship starts – or ends. That’s what I talked about for my post on US News and World Report’s On Careers blog this week. Here’s an excerpt:
You’ve gotten a job offer, and now it’s time to evaluate it. You should congratulate yourself for getting this far in the process.
But remember, a company needs to know you’re just as excited about them as they are about you. You need to manage the relationship with your possible next employer correctly to solidify the relationship and for everyone to feel like this is the right decision.
When you’re at the point of getting an offer from a company, most hiring managers will assume a few things:
- You’ve discussed the opportunity with your family
- You’ve given the job serious consideration without knowing the exact package or contractual arrangement
- You want to work there
If fact, they assume this when you provide your references, even before they extend an offer. That’s your cue to ask any pending questions about the job or the company. While your reference checks are in progress, that’s when you should to start considering the opportunity like you have an offer in hand.
Read the rest and the tips about how to ask for more time if you need it: When You Need Time to Consider a Job Offer