The job offer, or “I got what I wanted and now I don’t know what to do!”
Contributor: Pamela Inglis, Recruiter – Rostie & Associates.
There you are with an offer in hand – you’ve gone through however many rounds of interviews with your trusty recruiter by your side. You’re all excited, you’ve closed the deal – and now you’re not sure.
It happens all the time. It’s what you do about it, and why, that matters.
This is when you have to take a deep breath and decide what you really want. Your best friend can’t tell you, your parents can’t tell you, and your recruiter can’t tell you. Much as we would like to!
You made the decision to pursue another opportunity for a reason (s). Now you just have to remember what those reasons were. Maybe you were no longer challenged in your current role, a bit bored? Maybe your earning potential was limited? Perhaps it was just time to make a change. Whatever the reason, there was one.
From a recruiters perspective we obviously don’t want you to turn down the job, but, believe it or not, we don’t want you taking a job that’s not right for you. That being said, we also don’t want to see you missing out on a fantastic opportunity because you’re feeling a bit nervous or unsure.
Now is the time to really think about what brought you to this point, where you see yourself going if you stay in your current position and where you think the new one may take you.
If, in the end, you decide to turn down the offer, your recruiter should be the first to know. Of course they will be disappointed, and of course they will try to talk you out of it, but will respect your decision. It is only right that you would speak directly with the client as well, they offered you the job, but by giving your recruiter the heads up, you allow them the opportunity to minimize “damage” with their client.
Don’t forget, your relationship with your recruiter should be long-lasting – not a one night stand. So be up front and they’re sure to call you again…..