The Job Offer
The Job Offer
Debra Davenport (Executive Professional Mentor, Licensed Career Counselor & Employment Agent) gives expert video advice on: What questions should I ask before I accept a job offer?; How do I know if a job offer is fair? and more...
What questions should I ask before I accept a job offer?
Before you accept any position there are a few key questions you need to ask and get clear about with the employer. Number one, what is your salary going to be? The total compensation package, what does that look like? Total compensation includes, not only your salary, but also your benefits, any other perks, stock options, anything at all like that, that's included in that total compensation package. So find out specifically what that's going to look like. Find out if there are any other requirements that the employer's going to have of you. Are you going to be required to take a drug test, sign a non-disclosure or non-compete form, sign any other kind of release forms? Those things are also important to know about. What are you working hours and conditions going to be? How much travel is going to be involved? And what types of other benefits might the company offer for you? Do they offer child care? Do they have on-site, employee assistance programs? Those types of things. Most of that will be covered by the human resources person prior to you coming on board but it's a good thing to ask every conceivable question before you accept the offer.
What are key "job benefits"?
Key job benefits include things like your insurance, health insurance, dental, vision; all of those types of things, anything related to your health and medical care. That also includes personal days or vacation time, and it can also include things like stock options and profit sharing, those types of things. Be sure to ask your employer to get a complete breakdown of all of the benefits that are going to be provided for you and when they are going to be available for you. By all means, if you are going to be getting health insurance at your new job, before you accept the position, negotiate getting your health insurance to start on the first day rather than having to wait 30, 60, or 90 days for that benefit to start. A lot of times, if employers really, really, want you, they will give you that health insurance benefit on day 1, so it's definitely worth asking for.
What is "employer health care coverage"?
Employer health care coverage can be anywhere from minimal to one-hundred percent paid insurance. And, that's a benefit that's paid for usually full-time employees or employees who work thirty hours or more a week, and it basically covers your health care insurance costs for you and sometimes for your family members.