By the time you receive a job offer, you should know whether or not you want the position. Certainly, there will be a few details to go over, but you’ll find the decision process more enjoyable and less stressful if you evaluate key components throughout the hiring process.
After every step, ask yourself the following questions:
Do I fit the company’s culture?
You should understand how decisions are made, the level of ownership employees have, the pace at which the company moves, the prevailing attitude toward work/life balance, how much time they spend in meetings, etc. Use resources such as your network and glassdoor.com to get a feel for whether or not you will fit the company culture.
Do I fit with my potential supervisor and co-workers?
Learn about the prevalent management styles in your group and determine how that fits with you. Ask yourself if you think you will enjoy being part of the new team.
Does the role help me achieve my goals?
When you decided to start listening for opportunities outside of your company, there were reasons. You wanted more responsibility, exposure to different tools and/or responsibilities, a better work/life balance, or something else which is important to you. Does this satisfy your needs and wants?
At what salary does this move make financial sense?
You won’t have specific salary information until you receive an offer, but you should put thought into this throughout. Be realistic and understand that people rarely get huge raises when they change jobs – most people see a bump in pay between eight and ten percent. By the time the offer comes, you should have a number in mind at which you accept.
If you evaluate all of these pieces throughout the interview process, there should only be a few details to go over at the end, which should make your decision significantly easier. And if you develop any concerns during the process, make sure that you address them before you get to the offer stage. Your time is valuable – as is the time of everyone else involved in the process.
For further reading on the subject, we recommend the 2012 piece in the Harvard Business Review, which contains both excellent decision-making advice and interesting case studies.