We talked about handling a job application rejection before, but what happens when the shoe is on the other foot? What happens if you find that you’re faced with several job offers, and you’re stuck with the tough job of deciding which one to accept. We know it’s difficult, but remember there are far worse positions to be in!
If you’re undecided about which offer to accept or which to turn down, list the pros & cons of each offer. Here are the big questions you should be asking yourself when writing your list:
What are the career development options?
Future potential is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding which offer to accept. You should already have a good idea about which of the companies can provide better career development options through research, the size of the company and discussions with interviewers. If one of the companies is offering an excellent internal training program and a clear path to your desired position, you should seriously be considering it. It all depends on what you’re looking to get out of a career. For example, many people want to experience working overseas, so the priority would be selecting a multinational with good internal transfer schemes.
What is the culture of each company?
Choosing the right organizational culture is a crucial part of your work-life balance and happiness in the workplace. Selecting the right culture for you also plays a role in your career success because you need to work in an environment where you will thrive. There is no right answer when choosing one culture over another because everyone’s working style and personality are different. We have covered this topic extensively in the past, and you can read more into it here.
How does the management styles of the potential bosses compare?
The recruitment process requires you to undergo several interviews. At least one of those rounds will be conducted by your potential boss. He/she may have been the one asking the questions, but try to recall the way the questions were asked and their body language. Were the interviews very formal in a question-answer format? Or did they play out more like an informal chat? Try and use these cues to figure out the kind of management style your line manager adopts. Your boss will play a huge part in your success at your new job, so do take this into consideration when deciding which offer to accept.
What opportunities are the companies facing at the moment?
While weighing up your options, another point to consider is each of the companies positions in the current market. You will already know this (or at least you should know!) from the research you did as part of the interview prep. You can also check out recent company updates on their social/professional networks as well. Look out for good market conditions in your company’s sector, recent management changes and a strong reputation/image.
Are there training and/or travel opportunities?
As we mentioned before, having an established training scheme is a big pull factor and should be a strong incentive for you as a potential employee. This is especially relevant if you’re a junior or mid-level candidate. Make sure you are fully aware of the training programs available at each of the companies before you make a decision. Travel opportunities – although might not be the most important factor - are a nice little perk to have! As Singapore tends to be the regional office for most multinational organizations, employees in Thailand often have reporting lines there, which means being able to travel for progress meetings and training. It’s a huge selling point that companies use to attract talent, and is something you might want to jot down in the “pros’’ section if either of your potential companies is offering this opportunity.
How do the packages compare?
Everyone wants to be compensated fairly for their work; it’s part of feeling like you’re genuinely a valued employee of an organization. That being said, the salary package shouldn’t be the deciding factor behind accepting one job offer over another. As a ballpark figure, you should expect a 20% increase in your salary package compared to your previous job.
If you’re not sure how some of the points we’ve covered relate to your offers – ask! If you don’t feel it’s appropriate contacting the company directly, ask your recruiter. We have most likely worked with the companies (as our clients) for years, so we have helpful insight into what it’s really like to work with them.