You just received a job offer, and rightfully so, you’re excited! It feels great to know you were the company’s top choice out of all the other candidates considered for the position.

Instinctively, you want to sign and return the offer letter immediately, but hit pause for a minute. Before making any moves, meet with your recruiter for a final review to make sure this is really the position for you.

Before accepting the job, you need answers to the four questions below. If you’re at all unsure, keep digging until you’ve found the truth. This will either confirm the position is your ideal role or it isn’t the right place for you. Either way, taking a new job is a major life event, so you need to be well-informed.

  1. Is the company culture the right match?

If you don’t mesh with the culture, you won’t last at the job. Make sure you’re aware of the company’s mission, values and overall personality and excited to be part of it. Spending a little time with your would-be colleagues can be telling, so if you aren’t sure about your fit, request to come into the office for a few hours to get a better feel.

  1. What exact duties are involved with the position?

Job titles vary by company, so make sure you know exactly what the position entails. This includes everything from the most fun, rewarding responsibilities to repetitive, mundane tasks. The last thing you want is to be greeted on your first day by a long list of unappealing duties you didn’t realize fell under your watch.

  1. Does the job have growth potential?

The position might seem great for now, but keep your future in mind. Make sure you’re not unknowingly taking on a dead-end job that will force you to have to look outside the company to move up the ladder. More than just a job, you need a career-building opportunity that propels your ascent up the ladder.

  1. What is daily life at the company like?

Your job has a serious impact on your overall quality of life, so you need to know what you’re getting into. Factors like expected work hours, office environment, remote work policy and the company dress code will impact your level of job satisfaction. Try a standard day at the office on for size by gathering as many details as possible about what that looks like.

Searching for an engineering, administration or other job in the automotive or manufacturing industries? Our experienced recruiting team at JC Malone is here to help you find the perfect fit. Take the next step towards your future and contact us today!

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