18 Questions To Ask Before Accepting A Job Offer
18 Questions To Ask Before Accepting A Job Offer
You just aced the interview and got the job offer. Congratulations! However, you shouldn't accept the job just yet because you don't entirely know what you're getting yourself into. We've created a guide of 18 questions to ask before accepting a job offer. It will help you decide if the job is right for you and prepare you for your exciting new career. Sometimes, people need money and can't be too choosy about where they work. However, if you have the luxury of being choosy, be smart about taking a job offer. You'll thank yourself!
1. What are your anti-discrimination policies?
Let's face it: we don't live in a perfect world. Work discrimination still exists in the form of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and more. Some companies are long practiced at getting away with discriminating against employees that don't fit the status quo. Not to mention the fact that some states still don't have job protection for LGBT people. Anti-discrimination policies are crucial to much of the population.
2. What are the company's core values?
It's important to know who you're working for. If their values don't match up with your own, it will probably create a miserable work environment and you might have to find a new job much faster than anticipated.
3. What is the turnover rate for my job and for the company?
If a company has a high turnover rate, it doesn't bode well for you. Either you will be sticking with a job that makes you miserable, or you could end up quitting or getting fired too. Take turnover rate into consideration.
4. Does this job have room for growth?
Promotion opportunities are important if you're ambitious and like to challenge yourself. After all, you don't want to work a job that requires you to be stagnant while everyone around you is advancing.
5. What challenges will I face in this job?
This is important to consider going into any new job. You have to ask yourself if these are challenges that you are ready to face and if you can handle them. If not, you might have to keep looking.
6. Does this job include paid maternity leave?
Especially important if you're considering starting a family at some point in the future or are already in the midst of doing so. If the job doesn't have paid maternity leave, will your salary be enough to cover the time off?
7. Is salary negotiable and how long does it take to get a raise?
If you have specific qualifications, you might be able to negotiate a higher salary, especially if it requires less job training from the company. Salary negotiation is important because what you get paid is what how you have housing, your car, and everything else in your life.
8. Why did the last person leave this job?
This ties into the question about turnover rates. If the person that left got a job with higher pay, it makes sense that they'd leave. However, if they quit after burning out, it isn't a very good sign.
9. What does succeeding at this job look like?
It's important to know how to succeed at your job, especially if it is a new job. Knowing your employer's expectations going into a new job makes it easier to meet them and not have to simply guess.
10. Do you have any reservations about me?
If you don't ask directly, you might never know if your new employer has any reservations about you and can't do anything to either reassure them or come up with a way to fill in the gap of what you ought to know.
11. What does job training look like?
Job training is, presumably the very first thing you'll do as a new employee. It's important to have a handle on what you will have to do, how long it will be, and who it is with. It's your first impression of the company and their first impression of you.
12. How well do people balance work and home here?
If the job requires 16 hour work days and constant contact even off the clock, it might not be the job for you. Not everyone can handle that sort of schedule and having a good homelife is just as important as having a good worklife.
13. What does the average workday look like?
This is pretty self explanatory. You need to know what your workday will look like in order to figure out if it is in fact a job you want.
14. What do benefits look like?
This one is crucial. With insurance costs higher than ever, employees can usually get much better coverage (not to mention costs) through their employers than the Market Place.
15. What will my work schedule look like?
Will this job require you to work a normal 40 hour week? Or is it only around 25 and you have to consider getting a part time job in order to stay afloat. This also ties into other obligations you might have outside of work.
16. How much sick leave and vacation time do I get?
Everyone needs time off from work so they don't get burnt out. If you're chronically ill, disabled, or have kids, it's important to have a decent amount of sick days and vacation time that you may need to use.
17. Who will I be working with?
These are the people you will see everyday. They might be your team or simply have a desk near yours. Either way, it's good to know who you will be spending much of your working life with.
18. What perks come with this job?
Some jobs come with discounts on gym memberships or on cell phone bills. Some jobs offer tuition reimbursement or offer travel. It's fun to know what perks you'll have working there.