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5 Questions to Ask After the Offer

5 Questions to Ask After the Offer

Denene Brox / Monster Contributing Writer

All job hunters are waiting for that call — the one that says they’ve landed the job. But as eager as you may be to escape either your current job or the unemployment ranks, don’t abdicate your power position once the offer comes in. Now it’s your turn to sit in the interviewer’s seat and ask the nonprofit and yourself some tough questions — the answers to which could mean the difference between career bliss and disaster.

Julie Jansen, author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This, says every job seeker should get the answers to these five questions to make sure the job is a good fit all around:

1. Will the actual work and job responsibilities provide gratification, fulfillment and challenge?


This question is often overlooked, because applicants get hung up on job titles, salary and benefits. Try to get a clear sense of what an actual day would be like. What will you spend the majority of your time doing? Is the work in line with your values? Will you likely learn this job quickly and become bored and unchallenged?

Diane Speros, who works in publishing, wishes she’d known how she’d spend her days before she took one early-career job. “All of my time was spent on my boss’s personal errands,” she says. “This was the ‘administrative work.’ I never asked how my time would really be split.”

2. What are the boss’s strengths and weaknesses?

This question can be tough to answer, and it’s best saved for after the job offer has been extended. You’ll want to get a good idea for your potential boss’s management style. Speak to your potential boss as much as possible to get a feel for his personality and what you can live with. Does he micromanage? Will you get consistent feedback and reviews? Does he make small talk, or is every conversation strictly business?

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