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20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Accepting A New Job

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Woo-hoo! You got a job offer. Way to go! But before you accept the new job, I recommend taking a few minutes to really evaluate the position and how well it meets your needs. Before accepting a new job, you need to make sure this is the right position for you.

You see, when searching for a job, many people get anxious. The process is so slow and stressful; they end up accepting the first decent offer that comes along without ever really considering if they’re making the right move at the right time. This is one of the reasons so many people end up being “job hoppers,” bouncing from one position to the next.

If you don’t take the time on the front end to truly explore what you want from a new job and to figure out if this position satisfies those desires, you’ll end up paying for it on the back end.

So, take a few minutes to ask yourself the following twenty questions before you say “yes” to that job offer. And if you don’t like the answers you come up with, give yourself permission to continue the job search. There are plenty of opportunities out there. Don’t let fear and anxiety force you to settle.

  1. Is this a long-term career move? If not, what does this position offer in the way of experience and/or connections that will put me in a better position for achieving my long-term career goals in the future? How long do I need to stay in order to gain these advantages?
  2. If this is a short-term career move, what is the purpose of it? Am I running away from something I DON’T want or running towards something I DO want?
  3. Does this position challenge my mental abilities?
  4. Am I capable of, and comfortable with, doing the tasks for which I would be responsible?
  5. Do I fully understand the expectations of the role?
  6. Will the company provide me with the necessary resources to be successful?
  7. Does this position utilize my talents and skills?
  8. Will I be able to offer a valuable contribution?
  9. Will I be proud to be associated with the company’s brand, product and/or services?
  10. Does the company culture appear to be in line with my values?
  11. Is the office location a comfortable distance from home? Will the commute potentially be a problem and if so, how will I overcome it?
  12. Have my interactions with other employees been comfortable and friendly?
  13. Can I envision feeling at home with the other employees socially?
  14. Does my direct supervisor appear to be a supportive individual from whom I can learn?
  15. Is the work environment conducive to my own work style?
  16. Will the work feel professionally satisfying?
  17. Financially, will this job provide me with a desirable lifestyle? If not, does it have the potential to in the future?
  18. Will the benefits package meet my needs?
  19. Is there opportunity for future professional growth?
  20. Are there any potential problems I can foresee in accepting this job? If so, how will I avoid them and/or overcome them?

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Chrissy Scivicque

Chrissy Scivicque is the founder of EatYourCareer.com. She's a certified career coach, corporate trainer, and public speaker.

11 comments

  1. Looking for an interesting job I love to play on the computer n like to play games I used to be server food runner interesting but not enough to keep my mind going would like to be a boughtnest ( plants) study of plants!!!

  2. Interesting comments however I feel this article is aimed at a job seeker who is in a current role not an unemployed person.

    For the unemployed or under employed who need to take any job offer then I think these types of question could still be useful either in picking from a number of jobs offered (should you find yourself in that happy situation, which is actually surprisingly common) or to judge the job you take against your longer term goals and use it as a starting point to work towards making that job work for you or moving on into a more suitable role at a future time.

    There may be one or two from the above that are a priority for you but the others you can live with so long as you’re getting paid enough. Knowing what is important for you and what your goals are is the key thing – whatever your situation.

  3. These are great/very thought provoking.

    I don’t think you need a “yes” answer to every single question to accept a position, but that doesn’t mean that these questions aren’t worth asking. This type of thinking sees like a great way to keep your long term career goals in mind and be aware of the steps you’re taking toward that goal. Bravo!

  4. Seven years unemployed, five interviews, and zero job offers after thousands sent emails and resumes, I will probably consider #4 & #5 before jumping and asking….where do I sign ?

  5. It is always good seeing all this. One concern is what to do when one has to pay bills and the job offer that has come after months or even years of searching comes but the opportunity is a wrong fit in terms of company culture and sense of no suitability with boss or coworkers? What would be a good way to pay bills , keeping on looking and got sucked in?

    • You will be utterly miserable – yes I had to take a job for the reasons you mentioned. Other than the commute question the replies to the questions here in regard to my current place of employment are all negative. I’ve stayed in active job hunt mode but there is very little out there, still I see this as being a temp with benefits. I will never accept this place as my employer nor this job as my job.

    • In that situation I’d take the job but try to tailor it as much as possible to build up some of the skills you would need to get into your ideal job when the time comes (also thinking about what that ideal job would look like in some detail – What Color is Your Parachute book can really help with this if you’re unsure).

      It’s surprising how many opportunities for building new skills, contacts and experience outside of your ‘core’ activity there are when you actively look and make it known you are keen to develop.

      This article also has some good advice: http://www.careerealism.com/job-search-employed/

      • A trained monkey can do my job; actually, an untrained one could. It makes me ponder how to better gauge #5. This job was extremely misrepresented. The title is misleading, if a reasonable person saw my business cards he or she would assume that I had a low level professional job vs. gopher. The title is a level maybe two below what I was before the recession but it’s more like one or two levels below my first job after college.

        The one blessing / lesson from this is that I know #3, #9 #10 & #13 are very important to me.

  6. Nice questions to ask if you can afford to. In most cases the person needs the job to pay their rent, bills and put food on the table… that’s their priority. I know a lot of people who cannot be too picky where their next paycheck comes from.

    • Great point made! With the most toxic issue of unacceptable workplace bullying,discrimination or harassment sadly going on and it need to stop , I wonder how people can independently earn their money with sidestepping the toxic people. It would be unfortunate if one takes a job offer at a place and unfortunately at that co. Bullying and discrimination happens and won’t stop even if addressed. I wish there was a great way to know who all in ‘power’ is a true bully or one not to work under?

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