How to evaluate a job offerBlathnaid O’Deaon February 28, 2022 at 11:50 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


No matter what stage of your career you’re at, evaluating a job offer can be a tricky process. For most jobseekers, being headhunted for a role is a dream scenario, but it’s not wise to view your future career through rose-tinted glasses.

You don’t have to say yes to an offer straight away if you have any doubts or questions or details you need clarification on. Be level-headed. It’s always a good idea to back and re-read the job spec that you read initially when you applied (if you’re evaluating a job you applied for).

Ask yourself: are you happy with the salary? Based on your knowledge so far of your employer, will you be fulfilled and rewarded at this job? Is there anything you have doubts about? Is the job worthy of your talents? Does the job suit your lifestyle?

Remember, you’re being offered the job for a reason; the prospective employer is clearly impressed by you. The ball is in your court now, which means now is the ideal time to negotiate your terms and get the answers to any questions you may have. And if you’ve been head hunted for a role, then you have even more leverage as you negotiate your terms.

Here are seven tips on how to evaluate a job offer.

Don’t be too hostile

There’s a way to phrase your wants and needs to your prospective employer so they still look on you as someone they want to have on their team. Don’t be rude; be assertive. For example, if you want two days a week not in the office, explain that to the company in a measured way. Employers are generally reasonable people, and, chances are there are other workers on their team who also require similar accommodations. If there’s a chance you are going to end up accepting the job, you need to make sure your negotiation tactics aren’t too hostile as that’s going to put any employer right off. If you are aggressive you might not have a job to evaluate anymore.

Put yourself first

Having said that, you have to be assertive. People in a workplace environment will respect you for standing up for your rights, and if they don’t then they’re not a very good employer. It’s just as important for you to say your piece as it is for you to be cognisant of the way you say it (see above). If you’re not being offered enough money or you don’t feel like you can progress in your career from this role, don’t be afraid to say ‘Thanks, but I have to turn the offer down.’ There will be something better out there.

It’s not all about the money

Yes, salary is a huge reason for accepting or rejecting a job offer. However, it is not the only factor to be considered.

Depending on the employer, they may offer additional perks like for onsite and offsite workers alike including flexible working, onsite gym membership, paid leave, health insurance and other benefits. If you’re not sure what they can give, just ask. You might end up going rejecting a job with a decent salary because it doesn’t offer enough perks compared to what you think you can get from a rival employer.


Evaluating a company’s culture is definitely something you want to do before accepting or rejecting an offer of employment. If something like environmental sustainability is a make or break issue for you, chances are you aren’t going to want to work for a company that doesn’t really care about green issues. Likewise, you’ll probably accept a job where the people are most like you because you know that’s where you’ll fit in and be happy and fulfilled.

It can difficult to ascertain a company’s culture when you’re doing a remote interview, so have a look at some of our tips on that.

The opportunities on offer

For most workers, learning and upskilling is a constant part of their working lives. Employers should be supportive of their workers when they want to learn new skills, but this is unfortunately not always the case in reality.

It’s especially important for younger workers to be mindful that their workplace encourages them to learn, but it should be a consideration at all stages of a worker’s life. Pick a job where you can learn and don’t let yourself and your talents stagnate.

What lies ahead

This point ties in with the previous one in that you need to be forward thinking when you’re weighing up the pros and cons of a job. Upskilling and learning opportunities are part of that. But you also need to consider where you want to be in a year’s time, in five years’ time and in ten years’ time. If you are lucky enough to get more than one job offer, think them through carefully and weigh up the pros and cons of accepting one over another.

Face your fears

This is easier said than done, and most of us know this from first-hand experience. Imposter syndrome in the workplace is very real, and it can affect us at any point in our careers – including after a promotion or a job offer.

Nobody can tell you not to turn down a once-in-a-lifetime job offer because you’re terrified you’re not going to be good enough, so instead just try and talk yourself out of your fears. Draw up a pros and cons list.

Maybe even talk to a friend or mentor about your fears as they might be able to give you some good, unbiased advice.

The most important thing to remember is that if you’ve been offered a job in the first place it’s clearly because whoever assessed your application was impressed by you. They want you on board for a reason.

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