Evaluating a Job Offer

After receiving a job offer, you may have questions like:

  • Should I take the job?
  • How will I choose between multiple offers?
  • How do I appropriately accept an offer?
  • How do I politely decline an offer?
  • Is this job offer too good to be true?

Should I accept a Job Offer

You should carefully consider the offer and take your time to think through whether the job is a good fit for you. If you accept the offer then the employer will expect you to honor the acceptance and take the position.  Questions you may want to consider:

  • Do I have the job offer in writing (including job description, salary and benefit information)? If not, contact the Hiring Manager or Human Resources Representative and ask for all information in writing.
  • Are the employer’s values and culture similar to mine?  Did I connect with the people I met during the interview process?
  • Will I find the work appropriately challenging? Does the employer prioritize professional development opportunities for employees?
  • How does this position fit into my career/professional goals?
  • Even if the position isn’t the exact position I was hoping for, would I gain professional skills/experiences that will help me reach my professional goals?
  • Does the compensation/benefits package (salary, benefits, vacation, health and retirement plans) meet my expectations?
  • Does the geographic location of the job fit where I want to work?
  • Is there required travel and if yes, how do I feel about it?
  • How many hours will I be expected to work each week and does the position require work on evenings/weekends? If so, is compensation offered for evening/weekend work?

At any time if you would like to discuss a job offer, please make an appointment to meet with or speak to a Career Advisor.

Should I Negotiate The Salary Offer

Before you decide if you should negotiate the salary offer, you should research the average salary for similar positions, degree, industry, geographic region, and size of the employer. Many factors play a role when salaries are determined. A helpful resource is the “NACE Salary Calculator”

Some job offers are not negotiable, and given the competitive job market and your field, it may not be wise to ask about negotiating. However, if you feel that you need to negotiate, consult with a Career Services Advisor.

Accepting a Job Offer

When accepting an offer, it is crucial to accept an offer in writing—restating your interest and the job offer. Any offer – verbal or written – should only be given if you plan to honor the acceptance.

Recommendations For After You've Accepted a Job Offer

Notify other employers to whom you have applied so that your applications can be withdrawn from consideration.

Contact and thank all those who helped you in your job search, including individuals who served as references and others who shared advice with you.

Declining an Offer

Send a letter (or email) to inform the employer that you are declining the offer as soon as you decide you do not want the position.

Treat the employer respectfully even if you decline a job offer, you may encounter that employer in the future.

Express your gratitude for the job offer and thank the employer for the opportunity.

Requesting Additional Time to Evaluate The Offer

If you feel you need additional time to decide whether to accept an offer, you can consider asking the employer for additional time.  Generally, employers will not withdraw an offer when applicants request additional time, but it is crucial to let the employer know how interested you are, and to be prepared to explain why you need additional time to make a decision. It is possible that some employers may not be willing to extend the deadline and you may need to make a decision.