April 23, 2017
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How to Evaluate a Job Offer
by Robert Belcher

 

Let’s assume your employment interview went well, and there’s sincere and mutual interest on both sides.   You now need to decide two things:  first, whether the new position is right for you;  and if so, what sort of offer you’d be willing to accept.  To help in the decision-making process, take the following test as a way to compare the two positions.

 

Position Comparison Guide
Directions:   Compare the new job with what you already have.  Score each item on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 representing your preferred ideal for that item.  Add up the scores in each column and compare. 

 

Old job

New job

  Element under consideration

 

 

  Position title

 

 

  Supervisory responsibility

 

 

  Project authority

 

 

  Decision-making autonomy

 

 

  Freedom to implement ideas

 

 

  Ability to affect change

 

 

  Promotion potential

 

 

  Challenge of tasks

 

 

  Ability to meet expectations

 

 

  Access to professional development

 

 

  Professional growth potential

 

 

  Company/industry growth

 

 

  Company/industry stability

 

 

  Starting salary, benefits, perks

 

 

  Future compensation

 

 

  Commuting distance

 

 

  Travel requirements

 

 

  Work environment

 

 

  Rapport with co-workers

 

 

  Rapport with management

 

 

  Comfort with corporate culture

 

 

  Other considerations (specify)

 

 

 

 

 

  Total score:  New job vs. old job

 

 
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