In a country like Nigeria where unemployment rate is on the increase and hunger is very real, a jobless graduate at the sight of any job vacancy will immediately apply and be hopeful for the best outcome.
After the job application, then comes checking email or any means of communication to see if an interview invitation has been sent. One will agree with me that at the sight of an interview invitation, gives great joy to the applicant. The whole preparation comes in with a positive mindset.
After the job interview, the Human Resource personnel said the usual cliché “we will get back to you”, a phrase that applicants know too well from having heard them numerously and as such have lost faith in its substance. But few weeks down the line, fortune smiles on you and you get a mail from the company of your success at the interview and you’ve been shortlisted for employment.
At this point you are so overjoyed that it seems rather stupid to even check the terms of agreement because you know the whole stress and the pains you passed through in getting this offer, especially when you have spent years at home or when you have announced to people that you have finally gotten the job offer.
I can totally relate to all the seen and unseen reasons a desperate Nigerian graduate can jump and accept the job offer because I have once been in that unpleasant situation.
However, it is in your best interest to review all the terms and conditions of the job offer. Make sure you go through it thoroughly because once you are in, you have no excuse not to deliver.
Below are some points of considerations I have gotten from personal experience which I feel you should consider before accepting any job offer:
Evaluate The Job
The whole reason behind getting the employment offer is for you to render your expertise and service to them; without this you have no business with the organization. Now evaluate the job with yourself by asking yourself the following questions:
- Am I excited about the job?
- Think about the working hours, expected overtime, flexibility options, and related factors.
- Can I meet the target point given by the organization?
- What role will I play in the organization?
- How will you interact with coworkers?
- Is the work environment conducive ?
- Is it a full time, part time or contractor job?
The Company Culture, Values and Goals
The culture and values of the company is what the company stands for what they hold in high esteem. It can be quite difficult to have a hold of the company’s culture until you work with them because the truth is what you see in paper can be different from what is really obtainable with them. However, if you look for hints and ask good questions during the final rounds of interviews, you can get a pretty good idea of how they operate and do things. Also getting in touch with the former employees within your network can help out.
- Are the company’s values in accordance with yours?
- Does the company emphasize training, mobility, and promotion from within?
- After visiting the office, can you see yourself working in that environment?
Let’s face the truth, the whole essence of praying, fasting, submitting CV and going for different interviews at different locations is to have an income. In as much as it’s your first job or desperately in need of an income, you need to consider the compensation.
- Does the salary cover your transport, feeding, upkeep etc
- Any other welfare packages like health care, bonuses, allowances etc
- Do they have a retire plan, pension packages
As a young graduate or as an experienced professional, every job is a stepping stone to getting to your dream job. In today’s job market, no position is forever. This current job you are about taking, check if this job gives a better job prospect in the future or will it just make you stagnant.
Ponder on the following questions to know your position:
- Will this job keep me smart intellectually?
- Will the day-to-day responsibilities make me get better at my skills to make me even more marketable in the future?
- Does this position come with increased responsibility?
- Will working at this company give my résumé added credibility?
- Does the job give me a “foot in the door” to make a desired career change?
- Will you have access to useful training and networking opportunities?
- Is there opportunity for career growth
There is need to look at the terms of termination the organization makes use of. Read it carefully and understand which action can lead to such implication.
An employee should be careful of any termination reason that is not clearly stated such as any instance which, in the view of management may be deemed as a breach of the employment contract.
On a final note, some of the easily accessible jobs we have in this country don’t take their employees easily while some view them as a slave only because they feel they are doing them a big favor.
So the ball is in the court of the candidate to do a background check on the company before finally signing on the dotted lines in agreement.
Wish you all the best,