Signing the dotted line – what to ask yourself before accepting a job offer
Congratulations! You passed the sift, got invited to an interview, impressed in person and now you have a shiny new job offer in your hand – time
1. Do I have enough information?
When a company is offering you a new engineering position, it can be so flattering that you immediately accept before finding out
2. What do I want from this position?
Once you have
3. Can I do the job?
There’s a difference between ‘fake it
4. Am I happy with the pay and benefits?
We all know that money and benefits aren’t everything, but they need to make you happy for the foreseeable future. Compare the salary against an up-to-date engineering salary guide and compare the benefits against your current perks, not forgetting things like sick pay, pension payments and health insurance. If the extra commute means that your take-home pay is less, and you can no longer work from home on Fridays, ask yourself if this is sustainable and, if it’s not, negotiate.
5. Does the company excite me?
A great company culture makes us excited to come into work, eager to perform and happy to return the next day. If the ethos, vision and feel of the company don’t excite you or match your own values, ask yourself whether you can dedicate your career to this company.
6. Will my career benefit?
If you’re looking for a new engineering position to boost your career and
7. Am I happy with the day-to-day?
We’ve all been in a role where the daily becomes the mundane, and we’re pulling our hair out just for something interesting to do. What will your new standard day look like, what challenges will it involve and will you find this fulfilling?
8. Is this job the one?
Sometimes, you just know. Call it intuition, gut feeling or a hunch – if deep down you know that this job is for you, go for it. If something doesn’t feel right, turn it down and find ‘the one’ with the help of one of our specialist engineering recruitment consultants – your dream job is out there, but sometimes you have to turn down some frogs along the way.