The Job Offering Phase
You’ve impressed with your skills and demonstrated your expertise would bring added value to the team, so finally reached the final stage of the recruitment process – the offering phase. It’s a moment of excitement, and the final decision-making time.
- First of all, regardless of the outcome, thank everyone involved in the process for the opportunity.
- Then, review and evaluate the offer from responsibilities and salary to benefits, working hours and growth opportunities, does it align to your expectation and previously discussed aspects? Don’t get focused only on money. Focus on the value of the entire deal: responsibilities, location, travel, flexibility in work hours, opportunities for growth and promotion, perks, support for continued education.
- Be open and communicate transparently your expectations, but make sure the negotiation is based on market research. Having a recruiter with whom you’ve already developed a trusting relationship is an advantage in assuring a compelling offer as they already navigated through your needs and expectations and have a deep understanding of the open market.
- Don’t leave the employer waiting. In general, a week is considered to be an appropriate amount of time. If you need more time to contemplate, express your timeline to them. If anything, that might impact your decision is unclear, address your questions without hesitation.
- If you have decided the job offer is not right for you, you have to decline it. When you do that make sure you don’t burn the bridges, maybe you’ll want to be employed by that company in the future. Ideally would be to explain why you can’t accept it but, if it is for reasons might offend the potential employer, better do not go into details.
- Once you’ve finally taken everything into account, express your decision respectfully and, if it’s the case, start this new professional chapter with confidence.
- Even if considering a counteroffer, make sure you leave the door open for re-negotiation at a later time. It would be a great loss not to consider the already demonstrated potential fit between you and the organization.
- But when considering a counteroffer reflect on why you’re motivated in the first place to find a new job. The reason for accepting another offer shouldn’t be just financial. If reasons to leave your current job include opportunities for more career growth, the ability to work for a company with name recognition, or the chance to take on a role that allows you to have more of an impact on the company than accept the new offer without a blink.
The offer stage is a critical phase of the recruitment process and should not be overlooked. It requires transparency and seriousness from both sides in order to assure a positive experience.