10 Questions You'll Be Glad You Asked when Negotiating a Job Offer

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Two men shaking hands after negotiating a job offer

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a job offer and throw away your personal checklist for what you want in a career. It’s important to remember what you want out of the position when negotiating a job offer. 

After you receive your education and are ready to start your career, remember that communicating with your potential employers can be a great way to learn more about what is expected of you if you decide to accept the position they are offering. Whether you are applying for an entry-level position or interviewing to be the executive of a world-renowned company, asking questions before accepting the position is important to make sure the job is the right fit. 

An article on Forbes.com highlights 10 questions you should ask when negotiating a job offer:

1. What are the work hours?

Do you want to work normal business hours? Or do you prefer the graveyard shift? 

This is an important aspect of a potential job that you should take into consideration. Make sure your interviewers are aware of the work hours you prefer to avoid any future scheduling problems. 

2. How much flexibility is there in working hours or location?

Confirm whether you will have freedom to work from home or adjust your work hours if necessary. If flexibility in working hours or location is important to you, then it’s worth asking when you start negotiating a job offer. 

3. What is considered a normal workday?

Do you want to know ahead of time what your normal workday will look like? Ask for a daily rundown on what someone working this position will be doing. 

4. How “reachable” does the person filling this position need to be?

Are you okay with being contacted outside of work hours? For some positions, this may be necessary. But if you aren’t quite sure what would be expected for the position being offered to you, then you may want to figure out your potential employer’s thoughts on how “reachable” you must be. 

5. What are the company policies on paid time off and sick days?

Nearly 72% of employees in the United States receive some form of paid time off.

It’s likely that when negotiating a job offer, paid time off will be addressed. However, if it is something that is very important to you—like it is with most people—you will probably want to bring it up to your potential employer.

6. What is the best way to communicate with other employees?

While some employees prefer face-to-face conversations, others may prefer communicating through email. 

Try to get a feel for the workplace preference while you are negotiating a job offer to figure out if your preferred method of communication coincides with your potential new workplace. 

7. Will the person filling this position be required to take work home?

Are you not at all bothered by working some late nights in the comfort of your own home? Or do you like to leave work at work? 

Get a good grasp of your potential employer’s views on taking work home, and from that point, figure out if your own preferences align with that. 

8. How will my performance be evaluated?

While you are negotiating a job offer, try to get a good sense of what set of criteria will be used when evaluating your job performance. Know what your potential employer may be looking for when they measure your performance as an employee. 

9. Is travel required for this position?

Some love it and some loathe it. 

Regardless of which category you fall into, don’t hesitate to ask your potential employer. Don’t be caught off guard when you’re assigned a business trip and weren’t planning on it! You should know exactly what you are getting into when you accept your position. 

10. What kind of decision-making responsibility will this role have? 

For example: will your position oversee making financial decisions such as how budgets are allocated and managed? 

Some people thrive when making decisions like that, while others do not want to carry that responsibility. Regardless of how well you do handling those decisions, it is smart to have an idea of your potential position’s responsibilities before you take on something you aren’t comfortable with. 

Be in a Position to Negotiate a Job Offer

As Hannah Morgan said in her article for US News & World Report, “Don’t shy away from negotiating elements of the job offer that are important to you. You never know what the outcome will be unless you ask. But let’s be clear about something; negotiating cannot begin until there is a job offer on the table.” There is a time and a place for negotiation, and that is after you have received the job offer. 

But before you start applying for jobs, earn your degree from Daymar to gain the confidence and skills you need to become a competitive job candidate and negotiate a job offer that works for you. Contact us today for more information on getting your education started!