Getting a job offer is always an exciting prospect. Receiving that call can often feel like all your hard work searching for a job has paid off. However, this in itself shouldn’t be the main reason for accepting the opportunity. Even if your situation is pressing, taking a job offer without carefully thinking about it is almost always a bad idea. Before you accept, here’s our top nine things that you should always do when evaluating a job offer.

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1. Company Culture and Values

Understanding the company’s culture and values is obviously critical. This aspect of a job offer often determines your day-to-day job satisfaction and engagement. It’s important to research the company’s ethos, its approach to employee relations, its stance on work-life balance, and its social responsibilities. During your interview, you’ll have likely been able to do a little people-watching and got a sneak peek at what the company is like to work at. Is it more formal or casual? Is it an isolated, cubicle-divided office, or is it more of an open-plan, collaborative environment? Furthermore, what are the people like?

If you know anybody there already, probe them about who you’ll be working with, what management is like, and whether there’s much in the way of office politics. A company whose values align with your own can greatly enhance your job satisfaction. Conversely, a mismatch in this area will lead to discomfort and dissatisfaction, regardless of any financial upgrade.


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2. Career Development Opportunities

Career advancement opportunities within a company are a critical consideration. A role that offers continuous professional development, opportunities for training, mentorship programs, and a clear trajectory for career progression is invaluable. These opportunities not only enhance your current job satisfaction but also contribute to your long-term career growth, equipping you with new skills and experiences.

Benefits or extras?

3. Benefits and Perks

Job benefits play a significant role in modern employment packages. These benefits, which can range from health insurance and retirement plans to paid time off and parental leave, add substantial value to your job offer. Some companies may offer unique perks such as car parks, gym memberships, free meals, or childcare assistance, which can greatly contribute to your overall job satisfaction and work-life balance. These elements, while sometimes underrated, can be far more valuable in the big picture of life than they first appear.



4. Methodology

One of the most important parts of a company’s culture is its methodology. In IT, this often comes down to Agile versus Waterfall, two distinct methods of development. Both have their pros and cons and thus cater to different types of people and projects, with Waterfall being a very linear, planned process, as opposed to the constantly iterative Agile method. Considering that this is the way you will be working in this new role, it’s important to think about which approach you prefer, and whether this company offers that.


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5. Challenge

Another thing to consider is whether or not you’ll be challenged in this new role. Though being overworked and overstressed is never a good thing, a role that provides new challenges, learning opportunities and a platform for professional development is a big positive for your career. If you’re going to get bored quickly in your new role, it might not be worth the move, as you’ll find yourself wanting to move on sooner rather than later. Moreover, being in a role for a long time and not being challenged may have a negative effect when it comes to getting your next role, as your skillset will not have developed as it should have.


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6. Technology

Another important point in IT is the kind of technology you’re going to be working with, and the level that it’s at. If you’re working with the latest and greatest tech in your current role, then think about the consequences of downgrading on that front. Though it may not seem like an important point at first, getting used to a new workflow, and dealing with the possible slowdowns and compatibility issues that may come with that, may well make you more frustrated than you first imagined.


Location when Evaluating a job offer

7. Office Location

Even if the company has a great culture, and offers you all the latest and greatest technology in the right workflow environment, you still need to actually get there. A convenient location or a manageable commute can reduce stress and contribute positively to your work-life balance. It’s important to consider the accessibility of the workplace, the availability of public transport, and the time and cost involved in commuting. If you need to re-locate for this role, think about how much time, effort and money that is going to cost, and whether your new employer will make allowances for that.


Work life balance?

8. Work/Life Balance

Recent Tech Shapers commentary has shown that the balance between professional responsibilities and personal life is a key factor in long-term job satisfaction. It’s essential to consider the expected working hours, the company’s stance on overtime, the availability of flexible working arrangements, and the attitude towards holidays and personal time off. A job that respects and promotes a healthy work-life balance will lead to greater job satisfaction and productivity. These are all questions to ask if you want to know how this new role will affect your work/life balance.


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9. Salary

This is often the first thing that people look at when evaluating a job offer, but it’s last on this list as it links each of the above factors by posing the question: is it worth it? It’s crucial to evaluate if the offered salary meets your financial needs and appropriately compensates for your level of expertise and experience. However, the evaluation should not stop at the base salary. It’s important to consider the complete compensation package, which may include performance bonuses, commission structures, stock options, or profit-sharing schemes. These elements can significantly enhance the overall financial attractiveness of the offer.

Some employers are open to negotiating salary for all but entry-level roles, so don’t be afraid to open up the conversation if you’re not happy with the initial figure (as your recruitment partner, we will happily help you with this).

Evaluating a job offer involves a wide analysis of many factors. It’s about finding the right fit — a role that not only meets your financial needs but also aligns with your values, supports your career growth, respects your work-life balance, and places you within a supportive and dynamic team. Careful consideration of these aspects ensures that your decision is well-informed and beneficial for your career and personal life in the long term. If you’re hesitating to take a job offer, feel free to get in touch with us here at Sourced and we’ll help you clarify your thinking.

Helpful Resources
  • Glassdoor for company reviews and salary comparisons.
  • LinkedIn for networking and insights into company culture.
  • Seek for job listings and company reviews.
  1. How crucial is the salary component when evaluating a job offer?
    While salary is a significant factor, it’s crucial to look at the entire package including benefits, career growth opportunities, and work-life balance.
  2. Does company culture really affect job satisfaction?
    Absolutely. A company’s culture can greatly influence your daily work experience and overall job satisfaction.
  3. What are key indicators of good career development opportunities?
    Look for structured training programs, mentorship opportunities, and clear career progression paths.
  4. How can I gauge work-life balance in a potential job?
    Research the company’s policies on work hours and flexibility, and seek feedback from current or past employees.
  5. Is meeting the team important before accepting a job offer?
    Yes, meeting potential colleagues can offer valuable insights into the team’s dynamics and the working environment.
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