What do I do if I get the job offer?
Now you finally have that big weight off your shoulders from trying to find a job and can breathe a little bit. Go ahead and call your mom and drink some champagne! When you get the offer, you may be tempted to give an immediate response. You should have a ready to-go line, such as, “Thank you so much for the offer. I am excited for this opportunity. When would you like a response?” This is potentially one of the biggest decisions you will make in a lifetime, so make sure you take time to think it over. Just make sure you let them know of your decision in a timely manner.
This shows that you are excited for the role but you’re also giving yourself time to make a well-informed decision. Most companies do not look down on you if you need time to think about the offer and review any materials. If you know this is the job you’ve been waiting for, it is also okay to accept the position verbally over the phone, but do not be inclined to do so. If you do accept the job offer, make sure you notify all other employers and thank them for their consideration as well.
Refer to our Negotiation workbook for a more in-depth explanation of what to do when you get a job offer!
If other opportunities have presented themselves and you realize this is not what you want anymore, respectfully decline the job offer. Make sure you thank them for taking you into consideration and be grateful that you got the offer.
It is important before accepting the job that you really understand the written language of the job offer. Compare this with similar jobs in the industry via Glassdoor or another source. If you happen to accept the job offer, be ready to negotiate the commission and stipulations in the contract. For tips on negotiating a job offer, click here or visit the E-book for Negotiation tips. Getting a new job is always going to be exciting and you may be tempted to let the world know by updating your LinkedIn and all other social networks, BUT it is better to wait. Get settled in, a few weeks should suffice, then it is safe to let the world know.
Depending on the position, you may be instructed to complete some tasks prior to beginning your new job so be sure to communicate effectively and check your email for any assignments or paperwork. These should be completed ASAP! If you are to bring any paper work your first day, be sure to print them and be prepared. You have earned this job by working hard.