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The six questions you must ask yourself before accepting a new job

The 6 questions you must ask yourself before accepting a new job: So you’ve been offered a new job. It feels great to be wanted but before you rush in and accept the role be sure to ask yourself the following questions. Read more

The 6 questions you must ask yourself before accepting a new job


So you’ve been offered a new job. It feels great to be wanted but before you rush in and accept the role be sure to ask yourself the following questions.


1) Am I so desperate to get out of my current job that I’ll take anything? Possibly the most important question you can ask yourself. Don’t take a job unless it’s better than the one you’re in. Keep your head down, keep smiling and continue your search.


2) Is this a boss you can work with? Do you like them? Have they been clear about what’s expected of you? Do they seem like someone who would be happy to answer any questions you may have? Are you looking forward to sitting with them all day or hoping they’ll disappear as soon as they see your face? If you don’t feel like you can confidently answer all of these questions then request a short 1 to 1 meeting with the boss before you consider accepting. Use this meeting to clarify how they like to manage their people. By spending a bit of time with them you will be able to form an understanding of how your day to day relationship will be.


3) Are you being offered a fair salary? Is it comparable to what others are earning in the same role and sector? If not then the time to try and negotiate is before you accept rather than once you’ve started. If you can’t negotiate more money, will you feel valued in the job being paid the salary on offer.


4) Can you do the job? Are you clear about what success would look like in one years time? Do you have the right skills and experience to do the job with confidence? Does it offer challenges you will enjoy?


5) Does this role offer you any growth? Are there opportunities to expand your skills and experience? If not, could the role act as a stepping stone to a better opportunity?


6) Will you be proud to say work there? Do you associate with their brand and the products or services they offer? Does the culture feel right? Do you feel you will fit in?


If there are parts of the job you’re not entirely happy with, be aware of why you are accepting the role so you don’t get bitter when you have to do them! Very few jobs are perfect but you have the ability to make your new job perfect for you!

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