Job Offer Evaluation Checklist

  • Compensation: Does the offer provide a level of income that will at least enable you to maintain your present standard of living? Is the offer at least 10 percent to 15 percent higher than your most recent salary?
  • General Benefits: Be sure to ask what the benefit package includes, assuming the prospective employer hasn’t already made it clear.
  • Health and Dental Insurance: Does the employer offer health insurance? Does the policy cover just you or eligible dependants also? How much of the premium does the employer pay?
  • Day Care: Will you need day care? Does the employer offer any plan that will facilitate obtaining this service for your children?
  • Flextime: Does the company provide for a flexible working schedule? If so, under what circumstances? Is working from home an option? If so, does using flextime or working from home change any other benefit, such as insurance coverage?
  • Retirement: Does the employer have a retirement plan? How is it structured? Do you have to contribute to it? Are there any restrictions on accessing the funds in your retirement account? At what age can you begin receiving retirement benefits?
  • Vacations and Holidays: How many paid holidays are offered? What is the vacation policy? Can unused vacation days be carried forward into the next year, or will they be lost if not used? Can unused days be converted into cash?
  • Bonuses and Profit Sharing: Does the company offer any bonus or profit-sharing programs? What do you have to do to become eligible for these programs?
  • Signing Bonuses: Will the company offer a signing bonus in lieu of another benefit?
  • Relocation Reimbursement: If the job requires moving, does the company offer relocation assistance?
  • Personal Days and Sick Days: Does the company allow personal days or sick days? If so, how many and under what circumstances? Can unused personal or sick days be converted to cash?
  • Maternity/Family Leave: What is the company policy regarding maternity or family leave?
  • Performance and Salary Review: Does the company have a policy about reviewing performance and salary? If so, how often? Are the opportunities for career advancement based on performance, seniority or both?
  • Travel Reimbursement: If the job requires travel, what is the company policy regarding reimbursable expenses?
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