What happens after the offer?
The most exciting part of the job or internship search process is receiving an offer. Once you receive an offer, though, your work isn't quite done yet. You need to decide whether to accept or respectfully decline it. The Career Center is here to help you through every stage of this process. If you need help deciding how to handle a job offer, contact your career advisor or walk in to either one of our offices. Be sure to tell the front desk that you’re dealing with a job offer and that the issue is time sensitive. We will answer your questions as quickly as possible and hopefully set your mind at ease.
As you start to look over your job offer, here are a few actions to think about:
How should I evaluate the offer?
When receiving a job offer, there are several personal and professional factors you should consider in making your decision. Consider:
- The type of work you will be doing, who your manager and co-workers will be, and how you will fit into the organizational culture
- The company location, travel and commuting requirements
- Benefits offered including vacation time, retirement packages, tuition assistance and salary
- The cost of living, especially if you are relocating, so you can make an educated decision about the salary offer
Can I ask for more time?
Do not hesitate to ask the employer for more details about what it is like to work for his or her organization. If you have reservations about an internship or job offer or are actively interviewing with other companies, contact an employer to see if you can be given more time to decide.
Should I negotiate the package?
Don’t feel obligated to negotiate the compensation package with an employer. It is not necessary if you feel the employer is making you a fair offer based on your skills, experience and market value for the position. Not all entry-level compensation packages are negotiable.
How should I officially accept the offer?
Once you have sorted through your priorities and chosen the offer that best meets your needs, call the employer to accept the position. Request to receive the desired offer in writing. If that is not the company’s normal policy, then follow up with a confirmation email or letter that includes the position, start date, rate of pay and any other terms the employer agreed upon. Keep a copy of the company’s letter, and/or your confirmation letter, for future reference. And, congratulations!
Can I still apply for other jobs after accepting the offer?
Once you have accepted an offer, do not continue to apply for other jobs and interview. If an organization finds out that you are pursuing other opportunities after accepting their offer, you can risk your reputation and offer with that organization.
How can I decline the offer?
Contact the employer by phone or email to state you are declining the offer. Indicate your appreciation for the offer and the opportunity to interview. Consider following up by sending a rejection letter, thanking those who interviewed you for their time and stating some of the factors that interested you in the organization.