You’re the top candidate and have an offer of employment in hand.
Evaluating an Offer
Your offer may also include medical benefits, retirement plans, bonuses, and terms of employment. Benefits packages can vary greatly depending on the type and size of the organization. Your salary may be higher at one place, but your overall compensation lower than at another.
How does the company handle sick and personal time? Some companies have PTO – Paid Time Off – that is vacation, sick, and personal time all wrapped into one.
All companies will require you to complete an I-9 form within 72 hours of the start of your employment. Be sure you arrive on your first day with proper identification (valid driver’s license and original social security card or original birth certificate, or a valid passport).
Is your offer contingent on background checks, references, pre-placement drug tests or physical exams, motor vehicle checks, or fingerprinting requirements? You should know what could be discovered and what the practices are if you miss a date for a drug test or physical exam.
The Final Decision
Accepting an Offer
If you have been given a verbal offer of employment, you can expect to receive a formal written offer soon thereafter. Similarly, you should follow up your verbal acceptance with a brief letter stating that you have accepted the offer. This exchange could be valuable in the event that any of the terms of your offer should be questioned.
Declining an Offer
If you decide not to accept an employment offer, it is good etiquette to write a short letter expressing your appreciation of the organization’s interest in you. This will set a positive tone for future interactions with the organization should you decide to apply again at another time.
Following Up on a Rejection
If you have been rejected for a position, it is polite to write a letter of thanks to the individual with whom you had the most contact. It may help to keep the lines of communication open in case you want to approach them again another year.\