Let’s start with deal breakers…
A deal breaker is anything that would make you automatically decline an offer no matter how much money you’re being offered. So the list of deal breakers should be easy to make and may include items such as commute time, hours and benefits. This list will help you filter out the jobs that you know you wouldn’t want to get. Some of the items on your list you may not be able to find out the answers until the actual interview depending on the item. However, for some items by researching the company’s website or checking out Glassdoor.com or other websites you will be able to get the answers you need. So make sure you’re doing your due diligence with researching potential employers.
For example with finding out salary ranges you can view different sites to get an idea of what that range could possibly be for the job. If you know in advance what the salary is and you know it’s not what you want, you can decide if that is a job you want to pursue or not.
Vacation time can be a very touchy subject for many. If you’re leaving a job where you had 5 weeks and your new role will start off at 2 weeks this may be a deal breaker for you. Vacation time doesn’t have to be a deal breaker as this could be something you negotiate with your offer. There are some benefits that may be negotiable but this will also vary from company to company.
Another item that is often overlooked when it comes to evaluation of offers is the culture or manager you would be working for. When it comes to the actual interview sometimes the nerves of the process may make you miss out on really observing the culture and environment you would be working in. Make sure you take time and observe the environment and work space and the employee’s interaction as you could be spending a lot of time there if you accept the offer.
When evaluating a job offer you’re the only person who can decide if an offer is right for you! So make a list and check it twice.
Do you have a deal breaker list for evaluating offers?