Congratulations, you've received a job offer! So, what are the next steps? Let's talk about evaluating the offer, as well as how to gracefully accept or decline it.
Evaluating the job offer
If you get a job offer, how should you respond? You may want to accept the job immediately if you feel that the employer is offering you a fair wage. You also may want to take some time and think it over, especially if you have other opportunities to consider. Either way, express your enthusiasm and ask to take some time to think about it.
One way to know if an offer is fair is to compare the salary/benefits to the regional average and reflect on your personal and financial considerations.
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Before accepting the offer, here are some of the financial considerations you should reflect on:
Don't forget to weigh the personal side of things, too. Ask yourself questions like:
After you have thoroughly evaluated the offer, it's time to either take the job or turn it down. Both should be done politely and in writing, typically via email. If you accept the offer, you may also have the opportunity to speak with the employer over the phone.
Follow up with a reply email—like the sample seen below—that thanks the interviewer for the offer and briefly explains why you have decided to decline. Remember to keep the tone of your correspondence professional and courteous.
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