What to Say When a Job Offer is Made
You’ve done everything you could. You wrote the perfect cover letter and resume, you applied for the job, you made it past the screening interview and the initial interview and the panel interview and maybe even a final interview with the big boss. They’ve checked your references, run the background check, and you wait. Then, your phone rings and on the other side of the line is the thing you’ve been waiting for with bated breath – the job offer.
NOTE: THIS IS WHERE MOST PEOPLE (WOMEN, ESPECIALLY) FAIL THEMSELVES!
Here are a few “normal” reactions women often have when hearing the words “we’d like to offer you the job.”
- Oh my gosh!
- That’s so awesome!
- I’ll take it.
- When can I start?
While these kinds of reactions are certainly both normal and positive ones for you to have, they can damage your experience in the long run. Saying “I’ll take it” hurts your ability to negotiate salary, start date, and a whole host of other things. But especially for women (and let’s face it, for Americans in general), containing our enthusiasm is just difficult.
So what should you say when an offer is made?
Try one of these on for size (or better yet, a combination of a few):
- Thank you.
- I hope to make a great addition to your team.
- I’d like to take some time to think about this.
- Could you send the offer in writing?
- I’d like to be able to see the full package including benefits. What can you tell me about these?
- Would it be alright if I get back to you (within a reasonable period of time e.g. “tomorrow” or “on Monday” if you’re close to a long weekend).
It’s not that you don’t want to get excited. Get as excited as you want! But you don’t want to immediately accept without first combing through every piece of the job offer. You’ll thank yourself in the long run for gaining a clear understanding of your benefits, your full salary, bonus structure and more!