Getting a job offer is an exciting and emotional time. Maybe you always wanted to work at a certain company or have been out of job for quite a while and are behind in bill payments. No matter what your situation is, you’re excited on being offered the job, and can’t wait to say yes. But, it is better to be sure you want to work at that place before saying yes. This can be done by asking few questions.
The first question you should ask is how much time you have for the reply. This will give you time to explore the company. The best source to find out about the work environment is through the employees. It would be a good idea to go to the cafeteria and meet people and ask questions or try to get in touch with someone from the department you will be working in, and ask them questions.
The next question you should ask is if the salary is negotiable. By asking this, you might be able to negotiate and earn a bit more. While you’re asking this, it is also good to ask about pay evaluation period and when is pay raise. You should also ask about the criteria for promotion and pay raise.
Another question to ask is the working hours. If the job demands a lot of time, it’ll constrain your family and social life. Be sure you can work those many hours. While you’re asking this question, follow up with questions about overtime work and bonus. If you work more than 40 hours a week, will you be paid overtime or if you work during official holidays like Easter, will you get a bonus.
Also ask about benefits. What types of benefits the company is offering like dental or eye insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement for you and your family.
If you’re going to be moving from a different city, you should ask about moving expenses like will the company be willing to pay moving expenses. Another question to ask at this time is about working from a remote location, will the company allow that. Maybe it might be a while before you move or you occasionally have to go out of town for religious or family gatherings, if you’ve work to do, you can do it from there.
Another question to ask is that is the company willing to invest in employees. Some companies train employees on new technologies and tools. This is good as it ensures your skills are to date with the market and will help advance your career.
You should ask for a written copy of the offer and the benefits. This will help you analyze the job carefully later on.
Asking questions is beneficial for you. An interviewer is more impressed when questions are asked. It shows that you’ve done research and are interested in the job. But the questions have to be relevant; otherwise they can have a negative effect.