Job Offer Questions: What to Ask Before You Accept

job offer questionsIt’s very exciting to receive a new job offer. But there are still many job offer questions that must be answered before actually accepting and starting a new job.

Certain information may not have been discussed in an interview, and are critical for a new employee to successfully adapt to a new job and environment.

If you’re ready to start a new job, but aren’t sure what questions to ask, here are a few to know.

What is the Company Culture Like?

Once you’ve received a job offer, it might not hurt to ask what the company culture is like. It’s both helpful and necessary to understand how adaptable and flexible a company is when it comes to requesting time off and scheduling activities outside of work. It also helps with other things like dress code and in-office behavior.

Overall Leadership Type?

It is important to know what kind of leadership is common throughout the new company. After all, you must understand what kind of work environment you’ll be spending your time in. Some companies may favor a fast-paced, high-energy work environment. Others may have a more gradual or quiet work space.

May I Have a Hard Copy of the Job Offer?

Asking for a formal, hard copy of your job offer is useful for a number of reasons. If your job suddenly includes new tasks not included in the original job description you were hired under, you will now have proof. This will certainly help when deciding compensation or if you decide to ask for a raise after some time on the job.

How is Compensation Structured?

Another critical question that must be asked is whether or not your compensation plan includes bonuses. Some companies offer bonuses, but only if specific requirements are met. It’s important to know exactly how your compensation plan is structured and what it takes to achieve bonuses.

What is the Corporate or Business Philosophy?

One of the most important job offer questions you should ask is what the overall corporate or business philosophy of the new company is. Inquiring about the company’s short-term and long-term goals will help you determine if you’re a good fit. It will also show you how you can adapt more to the overall atmosphere and culture.

Securing a job offer can be very exciting. Understanding your new benefits package, your new job’s compensation structure, and the company’s philosophy are all critical pieces of information. These job offer questions will help you get to “yes” faster. And each will help you successfully adjust to your new job and employer.


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Kirk BaumannAbout the Author: Kirk Baumann is a passionate recruiting advocate preparing the next generation of talent for the career of their dreams. He’s a social media enthusiast who loves technology and how it’s connecting people in ways like never before. Kirk currently serves as Vice President, Career Services for Enactus United States (formerly known as SIFE). There, he helps Fortune 500 & 100 companies recruit top talent for their organizations as well as helping students, alumni, and young professionals find their dream job. Follow Kirk on Twitter!



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