Most of us have fallen down the rabbit hole that is job hunting. The whole process is all-consuming.  From the application process right through to the final interview, each stage requires preparation, planning, and more preparation.

So consumed are we, that sometimes when we receive the final offer, we have lost sight of if it’s the right job for us after all.

When we accept a new job, we want to be sure that we are moving to a better position, with better prospects; one that is a step up, not a step along.

But how do you know?

To be sure that you are making the right move, here are 10 questions to ask yourself before you accept a new job offer.

Will this role add to my CV?

In theory, each new role should add to your experience, build on your skills, and increase your learning. If you are happy at your company then moving horizontally without a bigger plan will eliminate the potential for an upwards move at your current organisation.

Does this job fit into my bigger game plan?

Most employees remain in a role for 2 -3 years before seeking promotion or moving on.  It is important that before you accept a job offer you contemplate if this role will satisfy you for a decent length of time. If you think you may outgrow it in a year, then it probably isn’t the job for you.

However, if there is a bigger plan in the background then things change. For example, if there are opportunities for promotion within the company, or if they offer a first-rate learning programme that will upskill you to move on, or up, then it’s a contender.

If you are unsure, why not check out the LinkedIn profile of someone in a more senior role…one that you aspire to. Where did they start out? How long did it take them to get to their current role?  If you are satisfied with the landscape of the bigger picture, then it has potential.

What do people say about the company?

Reviews on sites like Glassdoor, and the opinions of your network are useful here. Of course, people are more likely to leave a bad review, or voice a poor opinion than a good one – so it pays to be slightly critical. However, recurrent themes are a red flag.

Is this a business that is working toward the future?

A company that has legs is one that embraces change and promotes learning.  It wants to skill its team for the future, and in turn, will proof the business by ensuring it remains relevant.  It is also critical that you are entering a solvent and secure organisation. To discern the financial stability of the business you may like to look at public statements, reports and of course, listen to the rumblings within the industry.

Will their expectations of me be reasonable and fair?

Post Covid, more and more businesses are listening to the needs of employees and welcoming flexibility.  Before accepting a new job, you should ask if the working patterns offered by the organisation are in line with what you need.  Be sure to ascertain their expectations of you. Are they flexible on working patterns, or will you need to work within stringent parameters? If these don’t meet your needs, and you can’t negotiate a situation that is mutually acceptable there may be problems down the road.

Will this be a good cultural fit?

The digital visibility of a company enables you to research an organisation before you accept a job offer.  Look at social channels and the website to ensure that the brand values align with yours.

At each stage of the recruitment process it’s worth remembering that these people will be your colleagues, and in some cases – your manager. What will it be like to work with them, or for them?  Additionally, pay heed to the process itself. If the recruitment process leaves you feeling dissatisfied, then it’s unlikely your experiences will be better as an employee. Remember, at this stage, they are looking to attract you. If they treat you poorly now, imagine how it will be after a year or two.

Can I see myself working here?

This question should be at the forefront of your mind at every stage.  You may like to research the commute – if you can, we’d recommend doing it. If, because of Covid you are unable to visit the office, then be sure to ask questions. Where will I be working? Are the desks standing, or do we sit? Do we work in pods, or will I have my own desk? Are their breakout spaces?  Build as big a picture as you can, and your decision will be easier.

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Do I believe in this company?

If you were to meet a stranger and had to tell them who you work for, would you be proud? If you believe in an organisation and its long-term goals, then your mindset about working there will be more positive and you will be happier.  If you aren’t passionate or excited about it at the beginning, it’s more than likely that your feelings won’t improve. In fact, it’s likely to get worse.

What would I be giving up?

It’s fair to say that no job is perfect. So before you accept a new role, it’s important you weigh up what you’ll be losing vs. what you will gain.  How will this see-saw affect your daily life as it stands now?

Once you have run your analysis, identify your dealbreakers. Perhaps these are resolvable. Before you accept – or decline – make sure that there isn’t a compromise to be made.

What is my gut saying?

Trust your gut. It’s never wrong. Even if all the points look stacked in your favour, and you still feel uneasy, then something is off.

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In a time of so much uncertainty, turning down any opportunity seems like a daunting prospect. However, it’s worth remembering that turning down the wrong thing, will lead to other prospects that will be more in tune with your long-term goals, ambitions, and passions.

There are of course some best practice protocols that you should follow when turning down a job offer. Be honest, be swift and be courteous.  You will feel better about turning the offer down, and it will leave a door open for you should something more suitable be a possibility in the future.

Are you looking for a new role? Have you just turned down a job because it didn’t tick all your boxes?

We’d love to hear from you. Why not reach out, or browse our tech, digital and data jobs today?


About the author: As a founder of Ignite Digital Talent, I lead our brilliant team to ensure we deliver time and time again for our clients. I also stay closely networked with industry influencers to ensure we are well placed to understand the issues and challenges our clients face.

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