You’ve done it! You landed an amazing job offer...or two!
While someone looking in on your situation may feel that you are extra lucky (or extra great!), choosing between multiple job opportunities is no easy task. It is no doubt a big decision, pegged the inevitable question, “What if I make the wrong choice?”
So how do you know what to look for? How do you avoid a toxic culture or a deadened opportunity? What if both companies are equally great? While we cannot make the decision for you, here is some guidance on how to narrow down your pros and cons to the things that matter to you and ultimately be confident in your decision.
Consider these points when making your final decision:
Your Personal Life & Benefits
The first thing to consider is what you want out of your life at this moment in time and in the next 5-7 years. This is something you may have already considered when starting your job search, but it is equally as important now. Each organization will offer different compensation packages, including benefits, different opportunities for advancement and a different work-life balance. Understanding where you want to be can help make your decision on which direction to go much easier.
For example, one of our clients that was offered multiple opportunities went with the company that had an overall better health benefits package. In contrast, a former co-worker went with the company with more opportunities to relocated because their significant other’s health insurance had great coverage and they were looking to relocate to the west coast. This is why it is critical to know what you want before making the decision.
It is important to consider the total compensation package the companies are offering as well. While one company may offer a higher salary of $5,000 per year, the other employer may offer complete coverage of health insurance premiums for your family, which can add up to much more than $5,000. As mentioned before, however, if health insurance is something you are going to opt out of, you may choose the opportunity with a higher base salary.
Growth & Opportunity
At different points in every job seeker’s life, the availability of growth and opportunity within a company will change. We suggest asking questions in the interview specific to the growth and opportunity within the company. If you did not have an opportunity to do so, reach out to the person extending the offer. In many cases, they will send an offer and say, “Please let me know if you have any further questions,” and they mean it. Even if they cannot speak to the opportunities, they may direct you to the hiring manager, or you can contact the manager directly. Finding an ideal candidate is equally as tedious of a process for an employer as a job seeker finding an ideal job, so employers are often open to answering any outstanding questions.
In an age with ping pong tables and nerf gun fights in the workplace, it is important to examine what type of company you want to work for in regards to culture. While the relaxed workplace and long hours work for some, others may want a more professional environment to grow in. It is important to note that one is not in any way better than the other; it comes down to finding what type of culture is important for you.
At one point, I was offered job opportunities that were almost identical (even right next door to each other!) so it came down to the fine details. One organization was focused very much on personal growth and business opportunities, the other had a good amount of focus on personal growth but also provided a great deal of community outreach. Both were outstanding opportunities, but I had to assess what was important to me and the culture I wanted to be a part of at this point in my life before making my decision.
If you have the opportunity during an interview to ask questions, make it a point to ask about the company culture. This question often reveals what type of environment you will be working in. It may be evident before you get to this point, but hearing personal experiences from the people you will be working with (or for) can help gain a full understanding of the day to day vibes of the workplace.
Company Successes & Future
We suggest that with any opportunity you receive you look at the past company successes and plans for the future. Yes, even if you only have one offer on the table. There is more than one instance of newly hired employees suddenly finding themselves laid off after just one year of work because the company is downsizing or closing altogether. Knowing the company’s strategic direction and plans for the future is important. Most organizations will have this information readily available on their website to their potential employees, investors, and customers, so take advantage of it.
Make It About You
Overall choosing between multiple job offers can be a great feeling, but the thought of making the wrong decision can weigh on job seekers. It is evident that the companies believe you are the right fit for them. However, do your research (and your soul-searching) to determine what opportunity is the best fit for you as well.