Well, accepting a new job is a big decision—and you don’t want to find yourself regretting your decision just a few months down the road. So, before you pounce on that new role, slow down and consider these last few factors to make sure you’re 100% confident in your decision.
Will you make more money?
Money isn’t everything, but you can’t enjoy much of anything without it – constant worry about finances has a way of taking the joy out of life. While a higher salary isn’t the only reason to take a job, most people want to see a steady increase in salary over time.
Is there room for growth in your new position?
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to change jobs every year for the rest of your life, but you need to know that you’ll meet new challenges and learn new skills, even when you stay put. Ideally, your new role should come with the possibility of growing into another, higher position at the same company.
Does the corporate culture feel comfortable for you?
Everyone has their own idea of a good time, and that’s as true professionally as it is personally. While you might look at an open-plan office and see one big party of creativity and collaboration, another person might cringe and go running back to their cube. If possible, ask to take a tour of the office during your interview process. Pay close attention to the physical space, noise level, demeanor and behavior of the staff, etc.
Do you see yourself working well there, and feeling comfortable? There’s no perfect company, but there is a perfect company for you.
Do you respect the people you’ve met so far?
You can’t tell everything about your future co-workers by what you see during your interview, but you can get a general vibe of what kind of personality shines at the company. Can you see yourself working well with people, respecting them, learning from them?
Will you learn something new?
There’s no way to be 100 percent sure that you’ll love your new job, but if you can learn a new skill while you’re there, you’ll have moved the needle on your career, no matter what.