You've finally received a job offer. What now?
Ask for some time so that you can make an informed decision. You could say, 'That sounds great. This is a big decision for me, though, and I'd like to have some time to think about it. Can I get back to you tomorrow/by next Tuesday?'
Also find out who you can contact if you have questions. This gives you time to think clearly about the job, without the pressure of the employer being there. Make your decision as soon as you can after the offer, so that if you decline, the employer can move on quickly to their next most suitable applicant. Make sure you know when the employer expects you to have made your decision.
Be sure what your start date will be. Although employers are usually keen to fill a job, they often can be flexible about your start date. You need to let them know exactly when you'll be available, taking account of your need to give notice at your current job or have a short break from work before taking up your new position.
Phone your contact person if you have questions. Ask as many questions as necessary to obtain all the information you need in order to get all the information to make a good decision. If you forgot to ask about any of the following things during the interview, now is the time to find out about them:
Only you can decide whether a job offer is a good one or not.
Some things you might consider are:
Also think more generally about:
Look at the offer objectively and thoroughly. Get feedback from family, friends or others in the field.
You may also want to list the pros and cons of the offer on paper to clarify your thinking about the job. You may have some more questions. It will be appropriate to take some of these to your prospective employer, while others may be better answered by research outside the company.