Good news! You just received a job offer. Now comes the hard part. Do you really want to accept the position?
When evaluating an IT job offer, it’s important to examine every aspect of the potential deal -- including salary, benefits, and job requirements, advises Agustina Alberto, people director, North America, at technology consulting firm Globant. “Doing independent research into current market rates and speaking with your [personal] network is important, since economic changes can quickly impact and change what's considered competitive.”
Determine whether the organization can help you meet your goals. “Do this at every step of the process so that when you get to the offer stage, there are no surprises,” recommends Jennifer Henderson, senior vice president for global talent acquisition at IT consulting firm NTT DATA Services. Next, review the offer with the recruiter or HR representative you're working with. “Ask questions to make sure the offer is clear and meets your goals,” she says.
Key Points to Reviewing Offer
Step one, Alberto says, is to focus on the proposed salary. “Next, look for additional monetary benefits, such as the potential for bonuses, long-term incentives, and any stock options,” she advises. Make sure these items are included in the offer letter. “Finally, don’t forget to consider non-monetary benefits, including quality of health insurance, paid time off, any wellness reimbursements, and other miscellaneous perks,” Alberto says.
Check to see if the job title and job description accurately reflect the role you have applied and interviewed for, recommends Christy Schumann, senior vice president of talent operations at freelance talent specialist Toptal. “You’ll want to be sure the company’s expectations of you are a match for your skillset and level of experience,” she says. The “great resignation” has forced many enterprises to bend their employment guidelines as they struggle to find and retain talent. “Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for organizations to try to force a round peg into a square hole, mismatching people into roles strictly to get someone in the door,” Schumann notes.
Additionally, be sure that the offer specifies exactly where you'll be working. “While this topic was likely discussed in your interviews, companies continue to adjust their location policies, so it’s best to have guidance in writing,” Schumann says.
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