Accepting An Offer
Congratulations! You excelled at the interviews and you have been offered a role. It’s time to start a new job. First of all though, you need to accept the job.
Before you get to the point of being offered a new position, you will normally have been through detail after detail to make sure the job you are interviewing for is one you actually want. Any good employer or recruitment consultant should have gone through salary details, travel arrangements and so on with you, so you can be confident that the position at hand is suitable for you.
If that’s the case, accepting the role is simple. Just say yes!
However, you might get offered the role and suddenly have second thoughts. You may suddenly realise you haven’t factored in extra travel costs or considered childcare or some form of other unforeseen circumstances could suddenly arise.
So, what should you do? Firstly, don’t panic. Some people will just say they cannot take the job because they feel pressured to make a decision and haven’t got time to sort out whatever issue is giving them second thoughts.
If you have accepted the offer through a recruitment agency talk to your consultant and tell them what problems you are facing. They will be able to negotiate with the client on your behalf and so could buy you extra time or negotiate ways that the employer could help with any issues you are facing. Otherwise talk to the employer directly. Most employers are understanding and will try to be flexible; if they really want you for the job they will try and sort something out.
It is natural to have concerns about a new job, or even second thoughts about taking it. The key thing is to stay focused and remember why you looked for a new position in the first place.
Remember changing job is a significant change for many people, so it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive but ultimately it should be exciting. Just don’t let nerves get the better of you once you’ve had the offer.