Job Offers, Negotiation, & Salary
What you should do if you receive a job offer or internship offer.
Evaluate the Offer
When a job (or internship) offer is made, it is recommended that you express your enthusiasm and interest, but avoid accepting immediately. It is in your best interests (as well as those of the employer) that you make a good decision. Take some time to carefully evaluate the offer and clarify any specifics about the job and/or offer of which you are unsure.
You should fully understand your specific duties and responsibilities, expectations of your performance, the reviewing process for performance and compensation, the compensation package, starting date, and any contingencies (such as physical examinations, drug testing, and background check).
It is appropriate at this time to contact other employers with whom you have been interviewing, with whom you received an offer or were close to receiving one, or with whom you were extremely interested to define your status with them — they may be good future networking contacts. It is extremely unethical to renege on your acceptance if a “better” offer comes in later.
It is perfectly acceptable to request that the offer be put in a letter which contains the terms and conditions of the offer. Because you probably established a rapport with your future employer during the interview process, it is very common to verbally accept the offer. Follow up your verbal acceptance with a letter.
Researching a potential salary is a vital part of any job offer and helps during the negotiation process. Understanding the starting and median range for job titles (which also takes into consideration your geographic location, years of experience and education) is a great bargaining tool.
Here are some links to research potential salaries:
- NACE Salary Calculator and Data Center
- Nerd Wallet: Cost of Living Calculator
- Salary Expert
- US Dept. of Labor: Salary Estimates
Additionally, Glassdoor.com has provided full access to all content (formerly reserved for members only.) Click the link below to research companies and salaries.