What to expect when you receive a job offer

In this section we offer you advice on the written contract you are likely to receive from the employer. Also, to help explain exactly what you should receive and when.

Here’s what to expect when you receive a job offer, and few tips too…

Get your offer in writing

The first thing you must do when you receive a job offer is ensure you have it in writing. You may initially get contacted over the phone, so it’s important to wait until you receive it in writing before you leave your current employment.

Although it’s very unlikely that the offer will be reversed, you don’t want to leave things to chance. Getting the offer in writing allows you to put plans into place and hand in your notice at your current place of work.

Check the offer is correct

You also need to look out for any unexpected changes to the preliminary agreed salary and benefits. Your working hours and other aspects that were discussed before you were officially offered the job are very important, so check for any discrepancies.

If there is a difference in what was initially agreed, there could be two reasons. Firstly, the company may have just made an error. So it’s important that you spot these mistakes now so they can be changed. Secondly, the company could be trying to change something without you realising it which is of course very serious. What has been said in the interview could have been embellished to get you on board, so be wary of such tactics.

Get a contract

To prevent a dispute further down the road, you should look to obtain a written contract from the new employer that you can sign. This will help set everything in stone and prevent any confusion when you are settled into the role.

From time to time, an employer may even make a mistake, so you need to be on the ball and spot this right from the start so the contract can be changed and ready to be signed before you fully commit – especially if you are in work and would need to provide notice.

Check the probationary period

To ensure you are fully aware of what’s expected of you in a new role, find out what kind of probationary period you’ll be under and what training will be offered. The new role might sound very attractive at first, but a lot will depend on the guidance and training you’ll be offered.

Most companies have a probationary period of between 1-6 months. During this time you will be assessed on your abilities to ensure you are right for the job. You can also use this time to see if you are also happy with the role, the department, and the company.