At one time, many people had
the mindset that jobs were hard to come by, so they should take whatever was
offered to them, with no questions asked. Today, people are becoming choosier
about their career paths, and they know that they are deserving of more
than the bare minimum. Nowadays, people aren’t content to take anything that is
being offered, and they know that they need to ask certain questions to
make sure that they are going to be treated like a valued employee and not just
If you are offered a new
position, here are few important things that you need to talk to the HR
Person before you accept the offer.
1. Ask about Benefits - It is important to know
what is included in the benefits package. If the benefits are not appealing,
this may not be the right company for you to work at. Find out about provider
options, how much you have to pay into the health plan yourself, what is
covered (including prescriptions and specialty services), if dental and vision
care is covered, etc. These days, with the high cost of healthcare. It is
important to know that you have excellent health care coverage through your
2. Ask if the Salary is
Negotiable - Most employers aren’t going to come right out and tell you that
salaries are negotiablebecause
they want to pay as little as possible. So you are just going to have to come
right out and ask. You will never know unless you do ask, and you may be
pleasantly surprised by the answer. In many cases, if the candidate has enough
to offer an employer, the employer is going to be more than willing to
negotiate the salary a little bit.
3. Ask about Other Perks - These days, it is not always
enough for companies to offer competitive wages and benefits packages. The more
perks a company offers, the more attractive the job offer is going to be. So,
you need to find out what other perks might be available to you should you
decide to accept the position being offered. Perks can be anything from
flexible shifts and working hours to office parties to paid time off, etc.
Some of the best perks to ask about are advancement training and promotion
4. Ask about Vacation Time - You need to know before you
take the job if you are going to actually be able to take vacations at all.
Some companies only let you take time off that is unpaid, while others offer
paid vacations once you have worked for them for a certain amount of time.
Don’t forget to ask if you can roll over any unused vacation days and use them
in the following year.
5. Ask what other Employees are
saying - You
can tell a lot about a company by listening to what current and past employees
have to say about it. If it is a good company to work for, the HR person
should have no problem telling you what employers are saying about the company,
and even find people within the company for you to talk to. If you find out
that the employees are happy in their jobs, chances are you will be as well,
and that this is a company that you would like to work for.
6. Ask about Incentive
Compensation - Some companies will give bonuses to their employees as compensation
for certain incentives, such as taking on additional responsibilities, pay
raises based on performance etc. Find out if monetary bonuses are offered,
and if so, what the criteria are to be eligible for these bonuses. The
more you know about how you will be compensated, the more you will strive to
really earn those bonuses and be the very best that you can be when it comes to
doing your job.
7. Ask about Relocation
Expenses - If you are going to have to relocate in order to take the
position, you need to find out if the company is going to help with any of the
relocating expenses. Obviously, they are not going to pay for everything,
but if they expect you to move for them, they should be expected to help in
some way. For instance, they may offer to pay a percentage of the actual moving
expenses or put you up in a rental unit until you are able to find an
appropriate and affordable place to live.
8. Ask about Education
Opportunities - Many companies will offer incentives for employees to go back to
school or learn additional training that is going to help them advance in
their careers. In fact, this is one way that companies can ensure long-term
employees, because these employees are grateful for the help, and want to give
back. Some companies will pay for a portion of tuition, and some even allow you
to take a leave of absence in order to get your degree. The more education you
have, the more you will have to offer your employer, and they often recognize
this and will help.
9. Get it in Writing - Ask if you can have the job
offer and everything that you have agreed on, in writing. This way, there is
little chance that the employer is going to pull back on the offer. A written
agreement is much more binding than an oral agreement, and if you have
everything on paper, they can’t turn around later and say that something wasn’t
part of the offer, add work that isn't in the job description etc. If they
don’t want to give you anything in writing, it is a good sign that this may not
be the best company for you to work at.