Following your efforts, you are likely to be very pleased to receive a job offer. And you may find yourself having to weigh up the pros and cons of more than one offer. Here we suggest some questions to help you decide if the job is a good fit:
- Are you likely to enjoy the job?
- Will you be sufficiently challenged?
- Are you comfortable with the level of responsibility expected?
- Do you think you will be able to work well with your boss?
- Does the company culture suit you?
- Will the requirements of the job affect your quality of life?
- Are you happy with the salary and benefits package?
Having accepted your job offer and handed in your resignation, you may receive a counter offer from your employer. They may have various reasons for their offer, some more for their benefit than yours:
- Company profile and staff morale
- Not wanting to be pressured to fill the vacancy within the length of your notice period
- Cost and time implications such as the recruitment and training of a new member of staff
- Not wanting to lose your skills and experience
Your employer may make offers such as a salary increase, additional benefits or a promotion. These offers may seem attractive but consider the fact that over 80% of those who accept a counter offer are not with the company six months later (National Employment Association).
When considering a counter offer, ask yourself the following questions:
- What were your initial reasons for wanting to leave?
- Does the counter offer remove your reasons to move on?
- Is the counter offer sufficient to satisfy you in the long term or do you need a new challenge?
- How has your employer treated you over the period of your employment?
- Will your resignation be taken as disloyal if you stay?
- What initially appealed about your new position?
List the pros and cons of each offer. And discuss the situation with a valued third party or your recruitment agency. If you decide to refuse a counter offer, thank your employer and state that you hope to leave on good terms. If you accept the counter offer, you may need to work to regain your employer’s trust.