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4 Steps to Take Before Accepting a Job Offer

Finally! After weeks of job searching and countless interview sessions, you finally secure a job offer. Receiving a job offer is exciting, especially if it comes from your dream company. While you might be eager to accept the offer and embark on your career journey as soon as possible, there are a few things you need to consider before signing the deal. This article will walk you through the four steps to take before accepting a job offer. 


Receiving an Informal Job Offer

During the offer process, there are a few steps you can expect such as an offer notification, verbal or initial offer and final offer. It is common to wait from your last interview to receive an offer, so you may need to follow up in three to seven business days if you have not heard any update from the recruiter. The early, and typically more casual, offer will most likely take the form of a phone call. When you wish to propose one or more adjustments from the first offer letter, let the recruiter know to set up a time to discuss it rather than simply submitting a counter offer letter. Prepare a list of exactly what you intend to change about the offer. 


Negotiating the Job Offer

You may first receive an informal notification saying that you are shortlisted to the final step and may secure the job. In this step, the recruiter typically asks what you need before accepting an offer. For example, the question may sound: "Suppose we give you the position. What do you want from us in order for you to accept the offer as quickly as possible?” 

Bear in mind that this is not always the case, as some recruiters do not always do this. They can also directly tell you that you get a job offer and ask if you would accept it before sending the formal, written job offer. You are also allowed to ask questions regarding the job compensation even if the recruiter does not bring it up first. If you wish to negotiate your pay, mention a range that starts with the appropriate amount. When the employer returns with some options, do not engage in further negotiation. If they have agreed to your request(s), and you are satisfied with the revised conditions, express your gratitude and willingness to sign the offer as soon as feasible.


Responding to a Formal Job Offer

Following the initial conversation, you should receive a formal email with an official offer. If the offer appears acceptable as is, you can request an official contract to sign. If the offer comes in the form of a phone call, ask them to send a written document for you to review as well. This is to solidify the offer and ensure that this is the last step before receiving your final contract. You must get all the offer details in writing to fully understand what is expected from your role. If the company issued you an official offer email, it is permissible to respond with your acceptance by email. Consider mailing one back if they issued you a formal offer letter. 


Finalizing a Job Offer

Upon agreeing to an offer, the next step is to wait for a job contract and then start working. If you are still employed, there are a few steps you need to do before moving on. After the job offer is received, the following stages involve closing up loose ends with your current company and preparing for your first day in your new company. Before you provide your two weeks' notice (or any other term specified by your company's policy), make sure you have had these steps completed:

  • You have formally accepted the written offer letter from the new employer with an exact start date

  • You have signed a contract from the new employer that make your offer official, since a job offer is not the same as the final contract

  • You have cleared any final steps like reference conversations or background checks

Your new employer should be ready to assist you in any way they can, so do not be afraid to reach out and ask questions. 


Accepting a job offer does not equal to straightforwardly saying yes. You need to make sure that the given job offer matches your expectation in terms of job responsibilities, remuneration, and benefits. Negotiation is allowed in a job offer stage, so take your time to carefully observe what is offered by a potential employer. Always remember that regrets always come last and it most likely happens if you rush into a decision. Do what you can do best; carefully consider all aspects before signing a contract.


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