Do the benefits meet my needs?
Of course, you know the salary, but have you asked about the benefits? Consider your specific needs from saving for retirement or insuring a family and allow those needs to influence your decision. “Make a list of your must-have benefits and compare it to those that are offered,” Paul McDonald, senior executive director of job placement firm Robert Half, advises. “Does the overall compensation package include paid time off? Medical insurance? 401(k)? From there, you can evaluate whether the terms are acceptable.” Of course, simply offering these benefits might not be enough, so make sure you read through all of the details to find out how much health insurance premiums will cost you, what kind of coverage you will have, and how much your company matches retirement contributions.
Is this a competitive job offer?
Don’t accept a job before making sure that the salary you are being offered is in line with what others in your role with your experience are being paid as well. According to Devay Campbell, Career and Professional Development Coach, the key to answering this question is doing your research before saying yes. “You should have solid information about whether or not it is a fair offer,” says Campbell. “You can reach this answer by using sites like LinkedIn, Payscale.com, and Salary.com. Once you complete a profile, you will be given the salary range. If you have a mentor or friend with industry knowledge, ask them what should expect in the area of salary.” Keep an eye out for bad offers–these ridiculous job postings actually ran!