What to Ask After the Offer
hunters are waiting for that call -- the one that says they've landed the job.
But as eager as you may be to escape either your current job or the unemployment
ranks, don't abdicate your power position once the offer comes in. Now it's your
turn to sit in the interviewer's seat and ask the company and yourself some
tough questions -- the answers to which could mean the difference between career
bliss and disaster.
the actual work and job responsibilities provide gratification, fulfillment and
This question is often overlooked, because applicants get hung up on job titles,
salary and benefits. Try to get a clear sense of what an actual day would be
like. What will you spend the majority of your time doing? Is the work in line
with your values? Will you likely learn this job quickly and become bored and
are the boss's strengths and weaknesses?
This question can be tough to answer, and it's best saved for after the job
offer has been extended. You'll want to get a good idea for your potential
boss's management style. Speak to your potential boss as much as possible to get
a feel for his personality and what you can live with. Does he micromanage? Will
you get consistent feedback and reviews? Does he make small talk, or is every
conversation strictly business?
much change is in the works at your prospective company, and what kind?
Constant change at work can mean constant stress. Find out if there are any big
changes coming, such as new processing systems or management, impending
retirements or adoption of new procedures that still need to be ironed out. At
the same time, remember that some of these transitions will have less effect on
your position than others.
many of my skills and experiences will I be able to use and learn?
Make sure your unique skills and talents will be used and that training and
promotion are open in the future. When you decide to move on, you'll want to
have a new crop of experiences to sell to your next employer. Your goal is to
perform well at work while constantly growing and learning.
people have held the position in the past several years?
Knowing how many people have been in your job and why they left can offer you
great insights. You'll want to know if they were promoted or quit altogether. A
steady stream of resignations may be a sign you could be reentering the job
While many of the
reasons positions eventually become unfulfilling are unavoidable, such as
hitting a plateau after repeatedly performing the same duties, job seekers
should consider the ways a new position will advance them