Here at Rake, we know a job offer is a wonderful thing, but we also recognize that it should always be thoroughly considered. While it may be tempting to call all of your friends and family as soon as your first offer comes through, there are a few questions you should ask before you accept.

Not only is it important to know the hard facts about the job, like the time off policy and benefits, but it’s also just as important – if not more so – to explore how you’re feeling about the position. Job searching isn’t always fun, and it may seem like the easiest and most enticing option to simply jump on board with the first offer you’re given, but that’s not necessarily the best way to go.

Whether you’ve just been offered a job (congrats!) or you’re preparing for the day it finally comes, here are eight questions you should ask yourself, as well as eight questions you should ask the hiring manager before accepting any job offer:

Ask yourself:

  • Is the job title representative of your position?
  • Is the salary fair? If not, can you negotiate?
  • What will your commute be like?
  • Do you like your potential boss?
  • Are you comfortable with the company culture and work environment?
  • Do you believe in the company and care about what they’re doing?
  • Are you genuinely excited about this position?
  • Will this job help you advance your professional goals?

Ask the hiring manager:

  • Why is this position available?
  • What are your expectations of me for the first month? First three months?
  • What are your expectations of the company for the first month? First three months?
  • What benefits are included in this position?
  • What are the time off, sick days, holidays, and vacation days policy?
  • What are the official office hours here?
  • Does communication often take place after business hours or on weekends?
  • What is the bonus or promotion structure?

Before making any major life decisions, it’s always a good idea to be as informed as possible, both logistically and emotionally. Sometimes it can feel odd or even scary to ask yourself potentially life-changing questions, but the answers are always important, and sometimes even surprising. Don’t be afraid to stick to your gut and turn down a job offer if you truly feel it’s not the right one for you. And until you find the right one, keep using Rake to keep your job search going strong. Go get ‘em!

Also published on Medium.