Once a company falls in love with you as a candidate for their open position, then comes the offer of commitment.
When my husband and I got engaged, he made a proposal that was so sweet I couldn’t refuse. Everything seemed dreamlike until the wedding planning started. The wedding planning phase can be extremely stressful. You begin to hone in on things about your future in-laws that might rub you the wrong way, there is a lot of money going into the wedding which puts a huge amount of pressure on the couple, and you also notice things about your future spouse…like he leaves EVERY CABINET DOOR OPEN.
The Engagement: Job Offer
Commitment can be scary. Once you’re offered a position, you can then proceed into a negotiation period with the company. If you are unsure that this is the right company for you, ask to job shadow for a week. This saves time and money for both parties and allows you to get a feel for the work environment without making the commitment.
Yours, Mine and Ours
As the time of negotiation, be sure that you agree to every aspect of the offer before accepting. You can negotiate and secure things like your salary, start date, and hours.
If you determine that this isn’t the right company for you then respectfully turn down the job offer. It costs the company so much money to hire a new employee. Not only are all the resumes and candidates reviewed on company time, but there is also the hiring process and paperwork that adds additional costs to the company. If you don’t want the job, don’t take it.
However, if you are convinced that this is the right job for you, then say “I Do” and pop the champagne!
Even though I’ve married the man of my dreams, we work at our marriage everyday. We make sure that all decisions represent both of our voices and we compromise constantly.
The same holds true with a job. Coming into a new job can be intimidating. Know that you have your team behind you to help you acclimate to the new position and work environment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. Show the company that they made the right decision by investing in you.