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Nine things to consider before accepting that IT job offer

Rich Hein | April 24, 2013
In a competitive job market like IT, it's tempting to accept an offer as soon as a company makes it. However, at this crossroad careful deliberation is what's in order. Choose unwisely and you may wind up back at square one.

Knowing how the current employees feel about your prospective employer could help you gain valuable insight into how the company really does business. "Talking to your direct reports and one or two peers will help give you a 360 degree view of the position," says Simpson.

8. Know the Job Details

Throughout the interview process you should do more than read the job description. You should to get a description of what a work day would include. Does the job title match the responsibilities? Will you have the tools you need to get the job done? How will success be measured? All of these questions should be brought up in the interview process and analyzed objectively.

Is the job's annual compensation on par with other similar roles out there? If you've been out of work for a long time, chances are you may not have much of a choice. Rarely do you get everything you want in a job. When you weigh no money coming in versus a steady income the choice could be simple. That said, however, if you aren't being paid what you're worth then, you'll be unhappy down the road.

9. Know Where the Company is Headed With Technology

If you're a .NET programmer and the company is planning to move to all open source software over the next few years, you may consider passing or at the very least you need to know what the plan is to get you trained on the new technology. As a developer, you need to know how, as Lilly describes, the company adjusts to new technology. Do they embrace new technology or has the industry moved versions ahead of their software?

A number of things can happen between accepting an offer and your start date. One developer tells a story of interviewing and doing very well. He had an immediate rapport with his direct supervisor and was quite excited to start with the new company. However, when his start date came 20 days later, the person he interviewed with, who was supposed to be his supervisor, was no longer with the company and the company was about to begin a major technology change with its CMS to a technology he didn't develop in. He was stunned and lasted roughly six months before he resigned.

Do Your Due Diligence

Getting the offer is only part of the equation. If you want to have a career instead of a job where you watch the clock, knowing your priorities, what motivates you and how you can succeed are what will illuminate the path to satisfaction.


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