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The Offer Process

How to decide if you should accept the offer?

After several job applications and a number of interviews, your job search is finally over and you have been offered the job. But does the offer meet your expectations? At this stage it’s easy to get carried away in the euphoria but you need to keep a clear head. Think carefully if the position and the company meet your current and future needs & aspirations.

Before you make a decision on the offer letter, be prepared to ask yourself a few important questions. Our recruiters at Quest list down significant points you must consider before accepting the job offer. It is essential that the job offer fulfills your career objectives, aspirations and goals.

Does the new position match your career objectives?

When considering this, some of the following factors may be helpful:

  • Can you fulfill key responsibilities and aspects of the role?
  • Does the salary fulfill the expectations from the role?
  • Are you being offered the right salary for the position?
  • Is the level of the new position suitable to your expectation?
  • Is the location of the office convenient for you? Think long term.
  • Is there a long term potential to develop your career with this role?
  • How is the company’s brand, reputation and status?
  • How is the culture in the company? Can you adapt to it?
  • How is the stability of the industry and the company?
  • Is there an opportunity to progress in the role within the company?
  • Any advancement and training offered?
  • Are the working hours too long?
  • Do you have a good package of benefits and holidays?
  • Will you get along with the new colleagues?
  • Do you like your new manager?
  • Will you have to relocate? How does that affect your family?
  • Will you have freedom?

There could be a lot of confusion over if you should accept the offer and what can be the consequences if the job doesn’t meet your expectations. Make sure that you ask yourself all the above questions before deciding. It will give you a glimpse around your future workplace and help you decide on if you can really handle the negatives. If there are too many negatives or the offer doesn’t match your skill sets and expertise, you should try to negotiate with the employer.

Whilst it’s not possible to have a 100% clear picture about your new company, it’s normal and reasonable for applicants who are ‘under offer’ to have additional questions. You can call one of the interviewers or ask your recruitment consultant to field some extra questions.

The above questions can also be useful to decide between two job offers. You can draw up two columns and list down the most important attributes to you. Then, rate each attribute from 1-5 on how best it matches your expectations. Finally, total the score and the best score wins you!

Once you’ve made your decision you must let the company know within the time limit stated. If the offer was made verbally and you’ve accepted verbally, it’s essential you receive the full offer in writing as soon as possible. You will then need to respond to this letter in writing within the time limits stated.

Negotiating your salary

Salary can sometimes be a difficult topic to raise as many people dislike discussing money. If this is uncomfortable for you, it is a hurdle you must overcome! Read our advice below and you should be able to negotiate your salary package with confidence.

Negotiating your salary at the interview stage can be the most nerve-wracking conversations of all, especially when you haven’t done it before. According to a study, most of the workers do not negotiate on their first job offer and it can cost them whopping $1,000,000 over the course of their career. But of course this doesn’t make it easy.

Tips to Negotiate

Work out your value

Do your research. Check if the salary package you’ve been offered is fair by using an online salary checker or visiting job boards to see what other roles at the same level generally pay. Remember to take your location into account as salaries can differ greatly between regions, especially in UK.

Within international markets this is harder to get the correct information and dependent on the location salaries can vary so much. The best advice when you are exploring international markets is get the advice of a recruiter who specializes in that region. They will be able to give you the best possible advice on the salary banding for the roles you are looking at.

Decide on a Salary Range

Use your research and experience to come up with a salary range you would look at and enter negotiations at the higher end of the scale. Make sure you can back up your salary demands with current market trends.

Appraisals and Reviews

Ask the employer as to how often salary reviews or appraisals will be undertaken for the role. Bear this information in mind when negotiating; it might be that you start on a lower figure than you’d like but can arrange for a salary increase in 6 – 12 months if you’re reaching your KPIs.

Consider the entire Salary Package

Make sure you get full details of bonus payments or commission as well as other benefits such as flexible working, childcare schemes, company car or car allowance, company shares and pension. Remember when negotiating your salary that you need to look at the whole package rather than just the figure.

If you are considering international markets most expat packages should include an annual air ticket to your home country for self or family, relocation for self or family and annual medical cover as well as the other possible benefits mentioned above.

Resignation advice

Once you have formally received and accepted your new job offer, it’s time to officially hand in your resignation to your current employer without delay. It’s best to put this in writing but it’s also courteous to communicate it to your line manager in person.

The resignation meeting

Request a private meeting with your line manager or director as appropriate and communicate your resignation to them face to face, calmly and firmly. Try not to get bogged down in detail or be negative about your current role or company. Focus on the career development, benefits and responsibilities of your current role and state how your new role improves on these. Remember that you’re not obliged to give away details of your new role if you aren’t comfortable doing so. Consider that it might be your company’s policy to escort employees joining a competitor off the premises, so be prepared to make a swift exit if necessary.

After the resignation meeting

Your current employer might ask you to keep your departure confidential and not to tell other members of your team, or indeed, anyone else within the business. Equally it might be announced to the company and you could be asked to assist with the selection process for your vacant job role. This all depends on your company’s policy so, if unsure, it’s best to ask. Whether your notice period is a couple of weeks or several months, try to wind up projects you’re working on. If these aren’t likely to be completed before you leave, pass them onto a colleague or notify your line manager. You may also be asked to prepare a handover document for your replacement to work from when they arrive.

If you’re asked to complete an exit interview, try to be constructive rather than negative in your comments. If there is a particular policy or process you genuinely feel is counter-productive feel free to say so but don’t be rude about your colleagues, manager or the company in general. Remember you will need a good reference from this company in the future!

Counter offers

A counter offer may occur at any point of the resignation process: your employer might make you a counter offer the minute you resign or they may do it during the final days of your notice period.

From an employer’s perspective, making you a counter offer negates the need to recruit and train a new member of staff. Although staying with the company may be the easier thing to do, you need to consider a counter offer very carefully and never lose sight of the reasons you looked for another job in the first place.

Your manager will employ various tactics to encourage you to reject the new job offer. It’s important you’re aware of these tactics and are able to spot and ignore them. The tactics could include: offering you a higher salary, promising you a promotion in the future, a heightened interest in your views, promises to address any issues you have and expressing doubts about your new employer.

If you do decide to stay in your current role, there are certain considerations such as a potential lack of trust in you from your manager. They know you have been actively looking for a new job, have been interviewing and expressed a wish to leave. In the eyes of your new employer, backing out of an offer means you’re unlikely to ever be offered a role within that company again.

Finally, ask yourself: if your current employer values you so much why didn’t they promote you, pay you more and listen to your feedback before you told them you were leaving!

Relocating for a job

Relocating for a job and moving to a different country can be incredibly exciting but unfortunately can also be highly stressful! At Quest we have placed numerous candidates into roles overseas and have extensive experience in this area. Follow our guide to relocation and make sure you haven’t overlooked any aspect of your move.

The first thing to do is to speak to your new employer’s HR department and find out what kind of relocation assistance you are entitled to. Understandably this varies greatly from company to company but at the very least they should be able to offer help with:

  • Moving costs
  • Temporary lodging costs
  • Travel costs back home if you relocate before your family moves
  • Job search assistance for your spouse (this could include job search reimbursements, referrals to a recruiter and arranging interviews inside the company)
  • Assistance with selling or renting your house​

You should do as much research as you can on the area you’re moving to. The internet is obviously a great source of information: expatriate blogs and discussion forums are a good way of gaining information from those in the same situation as yourself who have made a successful move. You can also gather information on relocation and cultural differences from the country’s UK embassy or your local library.

To make your move easier, we’ve provided a list of things you will need to consider & agencies you will need to notify of your move.

  • Your Bank and/or Building Society
  • Your household insurance company
  • Your utilities providers: Gas, Electricity, Water, Internet, Phone etc
  • Your local authority
  • Your credit card issuer
  • Your vehicle breakdown company
  • The TV Licensing agency
  • Your doctor and dentist
  • DVLA
  • Your child’s school (if applicable)
  • Magazine subscriptions & clubs/societies
  • Your previous employer