What to Do After a Job Offer

The time has come. Someone has offered you a position. You’re excited, but should you accept the offer out the box? It seems the logical thing to do. Unless it’s your dream job, don’t accept right off the bat. Instead, consider these courses of action.

  1. Find out how much time the employer needs before getting an answer. No decent employer will rush you. A few days will give you time to weigh your options, which is especially useful if you’re waiting to hear from anyone else.
  2. Once you have asked for time, the next thing to do after a job offer is to contact other employers you’ve interviewed with and ask about your application status. Do not use the offer as a bargaining chip. Politely inform them that you might have another opportunity, but do not provide details.
  3. If you accept the offer, be honorable and keep your word. It’s unfair and unprofessional to accept a different offer and then call the first employer to renege. Send a thank you message to the hiring manager and anyone else involved in the acceptance process. It will be a great way to start the relationship off.

  4. Should you choose to reject, this is what to do after the job offer: let the employer know right away. Be polite and sincere, but do not feel obligated to express why you have refused the offer. If you accepted something else, say so, but avoid details because, at the end of the day, they don’t matter. Send this employer a thank you as well. You never know. You may want to reapply some day.
  5. If you’re one of the lucky ones and find yourself with multiple offers, clarify the pros and cons of each, taking care to consider the long-term benefits, before making a decision. If you need to negotiate, again, avoid details. But it’s not inappropriate to mention you’ve been offered a better salary, vacation, or benefits and wonder if anyone’s willing to match or better it. Whichever way you decide, thank all employers for their time and considerations.

What you do after a job offer will be a reflection of your potential as much as the resume and interview. Handle the situation with tact and treat the employer with respect in all matters. It will go a long way, much like using LiveCareer’s Resume Builder to help create your job application and getting that interview.

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