Questions You Must Ask Yourself
When You Get an Offer
The kind of questions that you ask yourself, and others, like a spouse or maybe a mentor, when you get an offer are more important than they have ever been. This is especially true given today’s erratic and unpredictable business environment.
Fifteen years ago, maybe even ten years ago, the idea of lifetime employment and career with one firm was still, at least in theory, a business concept. But now, and for the foreseeable future, this idea is a small consideration. You have to interview as though you were going to work for a company for the rest of your natural business life, but, as we’ve noted, you need to assess an offer with realization that the probability is very high that you will only be there for two to three years.
With that in mind, you need to evaluate an offer based on the short term with the hope of the job lasting for the long term. If and when a company talks to you about the long-term possibilities of promotion opportunities, don’t buy into it. If that happens, that is fine. However, you have to judge a job offer based on what it can do for you and your career now and over the next two or three years.
Emotions rule most decisions, especially the ones that have to do with one’s job and career. No matter how objective you might be, no matter what kind of formula you come up with, the primary difference between your taking a job and not taking a job comes down to how you feel about it. However, there still has to be some logic, common sense, and reason to the decision. I’ve