You've Been Hired, Now What?
You have applied for an opportunity on the ProInterns platform and you have been successfully hired for the role, what next?
Here are some things to consider before accepting any job offer irrespective of whether you have applied for it or have been recommended for the role, and when it can make sense to turn one down.
1. Evaluate the job offer
Before you say yes, you’ll take the job, consider the entire compensation package i.e. salary, benefits, perks, work environment, the schedule, and the working hours. First, critically read the job description and if you would be happy working at this job with this company.
You might also want to consider the physical location of the company so as to determine how accessible it will be for you to get to work.
2. Read and understand your job description
Ask questions where you need clarification on the job roles and with whom you can coordinate to execute the different roles successfully.
Weigh the pros and cons and take some time to think about the offer basing on where you want to see yourself go in your career path. You don’t have to say yes right away if you are going to accept, but it is advised to ask the employer when they need a response.
3. Negotiate salary
Once you have considered all the details of your offer, take another look at the salary and what you consider to be a good match for your previous work experience and skill set. Consider creating a budget so you'll know exactly how far your paycheck will stretch each month depending on your personal and financial obligations.
As you negotiate your salary, if there is room to do so, remember that some compensation packages are negotiable, others aren't.
Key information e.g. if you are being paid a salary or expenses make sure you sign a contract or agreement with the employer.
If you have not been paid your salary or expenses etc. please contact the HR person or your line manager as soon as possible
4. When to turn down a job offer
There are many different reasons for turning down a job offer. This simply may not be the right job for you. Or, the salary or benefits might not be what you need. There's nothing wrong with saying no, though be sure to decline politely and professionally.
Once you have made a decision on whether to accept or decline the offer, it's time to let the employer know. Take the time to formally accept or turn down the position, and do it gracefully so you don't burn any bridges with the prospective employer.