You crushed the interview and received an offer … now what? First, congratulations on successfully completing the interview process. Second, here are a few things to consider during the post-job offer process:
After Receiving an Offer
You should send a thank you correspondence to the employer. Doing so demonstrates your interest in the job and appreciation of the offer. Next, you need to decide if you want to accept, decline or ask for more time to think over the offer. If you ask for more time, you should call the employer to do so. If you ask for more time, you should call the employer to ask for an extension.
What Not to Do
Once you’ve accepted an offer, you are committing to that organization. Make sure you remove yourself from any further consideration from other organizations to which you have applied. Your personal and professional brand are at stake and you don’t want professional contacts questioning your integrity if you renege on an offer. Reneging means accepting an offer, then later declining the offer because you’ve decided to continue pursuing other opportunities.
When you receive an offer, you will need to make the best decision you can at that moment. If you need more time to make a well-informed decision, ask kindly for an extension if you think it will be helpful for you.
Extensions and Timelines
Need more time to decide? It’s important to be transparent with an employer when asking for an extension. There is no guarantee that an employer will be able to offer an extension. Schedule an appointment with a career consultant through Handshake if you need assistance with navigating this process.
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Prepare to Negotiate
As you prepare to negotiate your job offer, think holistically about the offer. While most offer evaluations focus on base salary, it is important to consider all factors, including:
- Location of the position
- Base salary plus sign-on bonus or relocation funcs (if applicable)
- Benefits, which can include health insurance, retirement, tuition reimbursement, professional development, structure mentorships, flexible work arrangements and more
Negotiations should take place over the phone, in person or through video conferencing. It is not recommended to conduct negotiations through email. Before the conversation, prepare a statement that shows you:
- Conducted research on fair pay for this specific job title/position at that type of organization in that location
- Evaluated your own worth based on your accumulated knowledge and training at TCU, and during your experiential learning engagements such as internships, student organization responsibilities, paid jobs and volunteer work
We also recommend you use these sites to research comparable salaries:
- Salary.com – the “Salary Wizard” option provides a benchmark for salaries by industry and zip code.
- CareerBliss.com – includes millions of salaries for all types of industries and jobs.
Tell Us Where You’re Working
We would love to hear where you will begin your career journey. Report your offer to us through Handshake Experience (for internships) and First Destination (for full-time jobs). We want to celebrate your success.