We might have always been told not to look a gift horse in the mouth but when it comes to applying for a job sometimes you need to do just that.

While it’s impossible not to feel excited and flattered on receiving an offer, before you sign on the dotted line it’s important that you take a step back and pause to think. In the cut and thrust of the application process, you mightn’t have been able to sit down to ask yourself whether you actually want or need the role, or whether it’s the right move for you. Now’s the time to do so.

1. Is it a good place to work?
This is a basic point but have you actually considered whether the organisation looks after its staff and is an enjoyable place to work? Due diligence is key – read through new sites, scan the employer’s social media pages and check out reviews on Glassdoor.com. Negative stories or a high turnover could be a warning sign.

2. Can you see yourself thriving there?
However, even a company that receives glowing reviews mightn’t necessarily be the right environment for you. Is the organisation one that you could feel passionate about working for, and can you see yourself sticking around for the long term?

3. Do you like the people?
An organisation’s culture and identity ultimately revolves around its workers. The interview process should have given you an idea of the people you’ll be working with – was there good chemistry between you? Did they share your values and outlook, and can you see yourself working well together as a team?

4. Do you know what the job entails?
While employer and colleagues may tick all the right boxes, you need to know the nuts and bolts of what you’ll be doing each day. Will you be doing what you enjoy and
will the role use your talents and skills appropriately? Go back to your job description and ask for further clarification if needed.
5. Will the employer support your long-term career goals?
Short-term gains (like offering a way out of your current situation) shouldn’t come at the expense of your professional development or future career prospects. Make sure you understand where the role is leading and that you’re clear on the training and development opportunities on offer.

6. Does it feel right?
Ultimately you need to trust your gut instinct. When you’ve done your thinking and got the hard facts in your hand you need to have an honest conversation with yourself on an emotional level – whether positive or negative it’s important to listen to your feelings and your instincts and to allow them to have their say.

While it’s always flattering to be wanted you owe it yourself to pause and consider the answers to these questions. If after doing so the answer is still a resounding ‘yes!’ you’ll find yourself walking into your new role with greater positivity and confidence.

Reference: The Muse; Business Insider, Abintegro
17 Nov 2016
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