Responding to and assessing job offers 

Once you have made it through the interview process, the waiting time can be difficult. Finally, you receive a phone call, email, or letter and you find out if they want to hire you… or not. The situation is challenging regardless of the news. Whether you receive an offer or a rejection, emotions are running high. Here are some tips on responding to a job offer.

Here are a few tips: Receiving a contract offer:

  • “Thank you for the job offer! I’m delighted that you are confident that I am the right person.”
  • Ask about the benefits.
  • Request a day to review the offer.
  • Discuss the offer with a professional or someone who is knowledgeable.

Assessing the offer:

  • Is the job a good fit?
  • Do you like the work that you will perform?
  • Will the compensation meet your financial needs?

Accepting the offer:

  • “Thank you. I am happy to accept your offer.”
  • Ask what you need to do before your first day of work.
  • Ask what you should bring with you on your first day.
  • If you are unsure of the dress code, ask about appropriate attire.

Rejecting an offer (if negotiation is not an option):

  • “Thank you for the offer, I enjoyed my time with your company, but I will need to find something that meets… my financial needs, OR better suites my career goals.”
  • “If another position surfaces, I’d be grateful if you would consider me.”

Need an interview? Consider a Forward Motion Differentiation Workshop, where you will learn how to navigate the online application systems and differentiate yourself both on your résumé and in your interview.

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