1. Receiving a job offer: First stage
Be it a graduate job or a more senior role, most employers will offer you the job by phone call, either personally or via a Recruitment Consultant.
First, after receiving a job offer, take some time to think. Accepting a new job is a big decision, and you have a lot of power in your response to a job offer. So, make sure to ask the employer or recruiter any questions you can think of at this stage.
If you want the job but are unhappy with some of the terms of the offer, it may be that you spend some time negotiating at this stage before accepting the job offer.
Scroll down to find out more about how to negotiate your job offer.
Of course, you may know exactly what to do with a job offer. If you’ve been waiting excitedly for the call, and you know that everything about this job is right for you, you can verbally accept it over the phone immediately.
When accepting a job offer verbally, say ‘thank you’ for the opportunity, show how excited you are about the offer, and make sure to clarify any question marks you have regarding the offer.
It’s not a problem if you haven’t been able to confirm your start date yet; just inform the employer or Recruitment Consultant that you will let them know as soon as you can.
After this first communication, you should receive a written formal offer, either by email or by post.
It’s important that you have written confirmation of the job offer. So, if the employer or Recruitment Consultant doesn’t inform you of this during your phone call, ask them about it or request that you receive the offer in writing, even if they weren’t planning to send one.