Receiving a job offer sure feels great. All those hours spent perfecting your resume, the pre interview jitters, the post interview anxiousness, all in the hopes of landing an opportunity. But what happens once you get that “You are accepted!’’ call or email? How do you go about making a probably long and serious commitment? Generally, having gone through the what may sometimes seem excruciating selection process and coming out successful is reason enough to accept an offer, it feels like a win after all. Sometimes it may just be the urgency or lack of other alternatives.
The job description, salary package and other benefits definitely are the first things you’d consider and inquire about before signing yourself up for the role. But before you say yes to a job or sign those dotted lines of the employment contract, there are a few other factors that play an important role but are often ignored.
1. Who your boss will be?
They say you should select your boss before you even select the job, though exaggerated it is not completely untrue. One of the top reasons people resent their jobs is because they just cannot work with their immediate boss or manager. Your boss is probably going to be the most crucial aspect of your job, especially if you are just starting off your career. So, it is very important that you work with someone you not only respect professionally but also someone you can work with and learn from.
2. Can you work the people?
I never knew ‘office politics’ was a thing until I started working. Luckily, I never had to be a part of any such situation but it is surprising how common these cases are. An environment that is based on mistrust, competition and negativity is the worst place you can allow yourself to be in. Your work colleagues are the people you’d be spending a great portion of your days with and it is important that the environment around is healthy and positive.
3. Do you fit in?
And by culture here I don’t mean what they do for ‘fun’ or how they let loose. Those things are great, but they are a plus. What I mean when I say culture is how the company works, what do they stand for, what they strive for. No two organizational cultures can be the same, but there are always some common factors that separate the good from the best. To begin with, you need to identify what kind of place do you want to work for and what it is that you care about. Next, find the companies that just ‘get you’ and fit your personality, values and interests.
4. Will it help you grow?
Ideally, we’d all prefer to not have to hop between companies and roles every couple of months after realizing that we are going nowhere. Working day in and day out only to realize you aren’t really getting ahead or growing can be very frustrating. Before accepting a job, always make it a point to understand where exactly this job will lead you to. Will it help you learn and improve? Will it push you? What are the development opportunities offered? What is the scope for climbing the ladder? At the end of the day, you don’t want to look back and realize all those years of work barely amounted to much in terms of your personal growth.