The Process of a job offer
When you get a notification for a job offer, verbal, telephone or email, you will be called in for an interview. After that you may receive a letter giving you an offer for the job you have been chosen. If it is to your satisfaction you accept it or negotiate your terms.
The Informal job offer
You may receive an informal job offer from your prospective employer. They will make an offer for the position you applied for, while at the same time wanting to know your terms or needs. When you receive this notification remember to show your appreciation and thank them for it. After which you can discuss your salary requirements, benefits, bonuses working hours, leave etc; and any other needs you might want to know in your new job application.
The Official Job offer
After your conversation you should get an offer from your Employer. If they confirm by phone, email, or letter respond to it in the way it was sent to you. See that everything is given on a written document.
How to respond to a job offer
After you receive a job offer, you have to think how you are going to respond to it. Express your gratitude and ask for a time frame if possible, to make your decision. If they want an immediate answer ask for 24 hours time. Always be respectful of your prospective Employer’s time. Make sure to read everything in the written document. Get a friend or family to help you before you make a solid commitment. If you opt out of the job it does not really matter as you are not bound to it as yet.
How to negotiate a job offer?
If the salary has been discussed and you still need to negotiate, do so before the letter of appointment is drafted. If they do not agree to your negotiation then thank them and think about whether you are going to accept their offer. If you think it is beneficial to you then accept it. If you need to change something call and discuss it with them before you are officially handed over your letter of appointment. If time permits, you could also write them a letter directly and discuss.
Accepting a job offer;
- Always be prompt in your response to the job offer. Remember to write back stating what you have decided and let them know that they can expect to hear from you very soon.
Review the offer:
- Review all aspects of the offer. Ask a friend to help you. Get a 2nd opinion before you accept their offer.
How to respond:
- If you get a call make sure to call back or respond back with a letter.
Draft a Reply
- Draft a letter of acceptance. Thank them for their kind reply, be brief and to the point. Refer back to the agreed increment/salary, benefits and bonuses and start date of employment. Then write to officially accept the position.
Proof read your response.
- Be sure to proof read and double check your letter. Get someone else to do the proof reading to make sure there are no mistakes.
Steps and tips on your first job appointment;
After accepting your first job deal, remember to give notice to your previous Employer. Make sure you have done everything correctly before you give notice.
- Formally accepted offer letter with confirmed start date.
- Signed document from the new employer that makes your offer official.
- Cleared all references and background checks.