What happens after a job offer?

02 Mar 14:00 by Adam Pyle


Have you ever thought that getting the job offer is the end of the application process? If yes, then you might not be prepared for what comes next.

Interviewing is a nerve inducing process for many marketers, but getting an offer is sometimes a shaky feeling it itself. Leaving a job is sometimes hard, leaving colleagues who have become friends is difficult, and taking a risk is sometimes not the right call; it’s often declining an offer that causes the most grief. The truth is, the job offer just starts a new stage of the process, and you need to know what to do next, whether you decline or accept.

Here are a few helpful tips to consider when you have a job offer to mull over:

  • Give yourself time to make the right decision. If you have a representative at your ‘new’ company, or recruiter who arranged the interview, then give them a suitable timeframe for you and stick to it. Use that time to speak to anyone you trust to take advice from in order to make sure you have the right job for you.
  • Take another step back and look at the job you have an offer from and see if it’s right for you. Does it meet the targets that you set for yourself before you started the search, and were those targets realistic?
  • Make sure that everything is in writing; this means the job offer and the details around it.
  • Are you excited? If you are, chances are it is the right fit for you. If you are not, why is that? These natural instincts are something that you need to consider.
  • If the job isn’t right for you, be honest about the reasons why with the hiring manager or recruiter. If the job is, make sure you keep a good relationship with your old work. It’s likely you’ll need both at some point in your life, particularly in an industry as joined up as marketing
  • Trust the decision you make because, chances are, you’ll have made it for the right reasons, whatever they are.

Ultimately, the salient advice is to keep your relationships open. If you are declining an offer, then be honest about why. This keeps line of communications open for when you do want to leave, but it can also iron out any misunderstandings about the new company.

For example, if you are declining an offer because they haven’t met your salary demands, then maybe there is room for negotiation. Keeping up lines of communication with your recruiter, or hiring manager, means that these problems can be avoided.

In today’s environment, leaving for a new job can seem like a risk. Conversely, staying in a job in a struggling industry can seem like a risk as well. The truth is, you need to keep your relationships friendly, and your options open. Only you will really know what’s right for your career but seek out advice where you can.


Read this and now certain that you are ready to make the move? Then you can search more roles here at CIM Marketing Jobs.