It’s not something that happens often in this tough job market. But if you are in the fortunate position to be offered a position on the spot, you still should think a few things over before making a final decision.
David Janowsky, a partner with the Winter Wyman and Co. contract staffing firm, based in the Boston area, offered a few tips:
Expect that the person extending you the offer will ask why you are not accepting on the spot. They are excited about you as a member of the team, which is why you were given the offer. Thank them for the opportunity and let them know that because you are in an active job search, there are a few things still pending. Commit to a time to get back to this person. Be honest and professional in your response. The hiring manager wants a professional who is engaged, excited and ready to make an impact.
You will need information such as the correct timelines and expectations for the start date. Will you get relocation assistance? Will they put you into a furnished residence while you are in the process of moving? Can you work remotely for some of the time after your start date to help get up to speed while planning your move?
Clarifying expectations at the time of the offer is important. Taking a new job is stressful enough, but moving yourself or your family can be an added stress and it is important to work out the details first.
And, as always ... Do what others fail to do!
Marvin Walberg is a job-search coach in Birmingham, Ala. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.