Finding any opportunity, especially when you are fresh out of college, can be an overwhelming experience. And the prospect of your first salary and the first job can be so exciting, that we often forget to consider whether this is really the thing you want to do.
When you are offered a job, apart from thanking the company and congratulating yourself, you need to ask these questions before you take it up.
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So, here are some things to consider before you take up a job opportunity.
Will You Be Happy With The Role Offered?
You need to check that the position offered and the tasks required are aligned, and whether they fit into your plan for career goals. Often, we take up roles that waylay us on route to our goals, and we have to begin from scratch again. You can ask for a copy of the job description and review all of the expectations and responsibilities. If there are differences between what you discussed in the interview and what you see in the job description, or if you have lingering questions, you can speak to the HR or the people who interviewed you for clarifications.
Are You Happy With The Salary And Benefits Offered?
Is the salary in line with comparable positions in your area, and does it work for your personal budget? If not, are you able to negotiate? You should compromise of the salary figure only when you are satisfied that the other perks of work and career opportunities make it worthwhile to rough it out for some time.
Faiz Rahman, Regional Head of India and South Asia at STMGOODS Australia, says, “Before taking the job offer, I made sure that I at least touch, if not cross, these parameters like finding a job which I love doing or I’ve expertise in. Mostly I’ve met or spoken directly with the people whom I was supposed to work with, and when you speak you get vibes which help you to decide whether he or she is the one with whom you could work comfortable. Commercials is also an important factor, that you should consider.”
Will You Be Able To Fit In The Company Culture?
We spend far too much time at work to not be happy there. And considering how often you will interact with colleagues, it is important that your new company and team is a great fit for you, personality-wise. Talk to anyone you know within the company or who has worked there before about what it is like.
You need to ask these pertinent questions when you are offered a job, if you want to turn this offer into an opportunity.