May 21, 2020 - 05:13 PM
If you ask for an offer in writing, you might say something like this: "I’m so happy I’ve been selected for the job! I’m looking forward to getting the details. When can I expect a written offer letter?"
Once you get the written offer, read it over carefully. Make sure the salary and benefits package, if offered, meet your expectations and match what you discussed with the HR representative or recruiter verbally. Contact the HR representative if you have any questions.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a higher salary and/or a better benefits package if you aren’t happy with the offer. Employers anticipate negotiations at this stage of the proposal, so it won’t hurt your chances to try (but be reasonable).
No matter if you negotiate the offer, say yes to the offer, or reject the offer,, show you respect the employer’s time and respond as promptly as possible to the offer. You want to stay in good standing, even if you don’t accept the offer.
Be sure to check out LiveCareer's Job Offers resources section for additional guidance on how to navigate job offers.
Aug 19, 2018 - 06:09 PM
We recently covered these best practices in our job tips section, but we’ll happily recap them for you here. First, do not act until you’ve got the offer in writing. While it’s equally exciting to get a verbal offer, it’s wise to request it in written format to protect yourself. Second, read over your written offer carefully for vital pieces of information:
• Position title
• Bonuses and how to earn them
• Vacation, sick, and personal time
• Official start date
If your letter is incomplete or doesn’t match what the employer told you in previous interviews, request an updated version.
Besides doing your due diligence in reviewing the offer letter, it’s smart to research standard salary expectations for the position. That way, you’re prepared to make a counteroffer should you deem it necessary and negotiate your final offer. Once the employer has finalized your job details, double-check the offer before you sign. Lastly, finish up loose ends by sending thank-you notes to everyone you’ve interviewed with.