How to Evaluate a Job Offer

Let’s assume your employment interview went well, and there’s sincere and mutual interest on both sides. You now need to decide two things: first, whether the new position is right for you; and if so, what sort of offer you’d be willing to accept. To help in the decision-making process, take the following test as a way to compare the two positions.

Position Comparison Guide

Directions: Compare the new job with what you already have.

Element under consideration Old Job New Job
Position title
Supervisory responsibility
Project authority
Decision-making autonomy
Freedom to implement ideas
Ability to affect change
Promotion potential
Challenge of tasks
Ability to meet expectations
Access to professional development
Professional growth potential
Company/industry growth
Company/industry stability
Starting salary, benefits, perks
Future compensation
Commuting distance
Travel requirements
Work environment
Rapport with co-workers
Rapport with management
Comfort with corporate culture
Other considerations (specify)
Total score: New job vs. old job

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