Evaluating a Job Offer
- Compensation is only one factor in an ideal job offer, though it is often considered
the most important. Check sites like NACE Salary Calculator, Payscale and Glassdoor to determine the range of compensation for similar roles. Then you can compare it
to your offer and see if you'd like to negotiate salary. Here are some negotiation tips on how to approach the subject with the employer.
- Examine the compensation packet carefully and don't hesitate to ask the HR representative
questions about vacation, dental, medical, optical and retirement benefits. Also consider
"perks" such as bonuses, paid lunches, flex time, professional development funding,
etc. Use this checklist to assist you with reviewing all the benefits outside of the offered salary.
- On average, bay area employees spend approximately one hour commuting daily. If commuting
is an issue for you, take this into account in your overall evaluation of the offer.
Research whether the employer is accessible via bus, BART, or train/shuttle.
- What will your expected work schedule be? Many companies now offer telecommuting or
flexible work hours. Find out what options are open to you and weigh these with your
- Will you be required to work overtime? If so, will you be compensated? Most organizations
will not pay overtime for salaried employees but many will offer "comp time" or break-time
for project teams.
- If you are expected to work overtime, inquire about how often it will happen; are
there peak times for overtime?
- Will your career growth be supported and encouraged? Does the employer have a policy
on helping with continuing education costs (a master’s degree, technical training,
writing courses, etc.)?
- Is there room to grow within the company? How often will your performance be reviewed
and does this include a salary review?
- Will there be opportunities to work on challenging projects that will enable you to
use skills and abilities that best reflect your strengths?
- Consider the environment you will be working in: Your boss, co-workers, and the overall
focus and drive of a company will greatly impact your happiness, productivity, and
success in an organization.
Multiple Job Offers
- Accepting a job offer can be an exciting and happy time. But what happens if you accept
a job offer and another better opportunity comes along? Keep in mind the following
- You have made a commitment to an organization. Think about how you would feel if the
organization offered you a position and then called you to say “a better candidate
became available, and we have decided to hire him/her instead. Reneging on a job offer
is no different.
- Silicon Valley is a small place. You never know when you will bump into that hiring
manager or recruiter again. Protect your reputation by honoring your commitment.
Job Offer Ethics
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Congratulations and wishing you future career success!