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What should you do when you get offered a job? Here are a few things that you should consider before accepting:

Even if you don’t plan on accepting this job offer, always be polite. Manners go a long way and saying ‘thank you’ shows that you are grateful for the offer and it is nice to show that you acknowledge the time and effort that was put in for the interviews that you had.

Respond promptly to the offer. The recommended time is between 24 and 48 hours after you have been offered the job. This should give you enough time to make a well-informed decision about whether you want the job or not, and make sure that your answer is a definite yes or no. You don’t want to annoy the interviewer by keeping them waiting, as this could suggest that you are shopping around for a better job offer and that you are not interested.

Don’t let the salary of the job rule your decision. You’ve got to make an all-round decision, factoring in the other pros of the job. Is there an opportunity to progress in this job, is there a flexible working scheme, what are the other job benefits? You don’t want to end up in a job you hate, just because the salary was good.

Don’t accept the job offer on the spot. You may feel the urge to exclaim your happiness of getting a job offer, but make sure that you take the adequate time that you need to review the job in detail before you do. There is no need to act or pretend like you don’t want the job, just make sure that you are 100% sure that this job is for you before accepting.

It is commonplace these days to receive a job offer via the telephone, but make sure that you ask for a written copy of it. Again, this means that you can sit down and read all of the information, making an informed decision and making sure that there are no nasty surprises.

Finally, decide if you need to negotiate any parts of the offer they have given you, but make sure that you have a valid explanation as to why you deserve it or need it.

Overall, before you make a final decision, weigh up the pros and cons and make a well informed decision.

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