Evaluating Job Offers
At least half of your waking day will be spent at work. Take time to evaluate how the position fits into your short and long-term lifestyle.
Decision Making Criteria
When you receive a job offer, it’s important to consider more than just your paycheck. Take time to evaluate how it will help you reach your career goals, provide opportunities for job satisfaction, enjoyment, and personal growth. Factors to consider for evaluating job offers include:
- The Position
- The Company
- Work Environment
- Potential for Advancement
- Compensation and Benefits
- Performance Evaluation
Use the worksheet in Chapter 9 of the Career Guide which you can download at the bottom of this page.
The Career Center believes that students should have sufficient time to make important career and internship decisions. With this in mind, we have implemented specific Employer Recruitment Policies to guide on-campus recruiting activities, posted on the Career Center website. As a student you should be aware of the guidelines set forth for employers who recruit on-campus at UCLA.
You should be knowledgeable of these policies, found on our website prior to participating in the recruitment process. Per these guidelines, students participating in on- campus recruiting are responsible for:
- Accepting an offer of employment only after careful consideration and honoring professional commitments.
- Understanding that backing out after accepting and offer of employment is unacceptable.
A student rejecting an offer after having previously accepted (reneging), for any reason, is a serious recruiting violation and may be subject to repercussions-through the Career Center and potentially Academic Affairs.
Handling Multiple Offers and Offer Deadlines
In the generally fast-paced employment market, you may face the dilemma of what to do if you receive multiple employment offers, and how to handle offer deadlines given by employers when you are still interested in or engaged with other organizations. If possible, meet with a career counselor who can help you assess the situation and evaluate options. Here are some valuable suggestions and guidelines for handling multiple offers and offer deadlines:
- The best employment decisions tend to be made without pressure and with the greatest amount of information. You are more likely to make good long-term employment decisions when given sufficient time to attend career fairs, participate in on-campus interviews, and/or complete the interviewing in which you are currently engaged.
- Communication is key. Maintain regular contact with the employer from the time the offer is received.
- If you are waiting on a preferred employer, find out how far they have proceeded with your application and when you are likely to hear of their decision.
- Contact the employer who has made you the offer and ask if they are prepared and willing to extend the offer acceptance deadline, if needed. This is a common practice and does not automatically imply that their offer is second best, especially if you explain that you want to complete the interviewing cycle in which you are currently engaged in order to make the most informed decision.
- If the employer does insist on your making a decision quickly, you might consider whether you want to work for an organization which is pressuring you to make a hasty choice. Do not stretch their patience too much, though, they deserve to know your decision within a reasonable amount of time so they can offer the position to someone else, should you withdraw or decline.
- It is usually best not to accept an offer that you are not comfortable with, or to “hedge your bets” in case your preferred offer doesn’t come through. You’ve successfully secured one offer-you can do it again. Do not accept an offer under pressure with the intention of reneging.
- It is your responsibility to do as much self-assessment and employer research as possible to be in the best position to make informed decisions.
- Employers should not improperly influence and affect your job acceptance.
- Be sure to give yourself time to reflect on any offer extended to you.
- Ask for the offer in writing so there won’t be any misunderstandings later.
- If you decide the job offer meets your criteria, call the employer to accept and follow with written confirmation of your acceptance. Restate your understanding of the agreed upon terms, such as starting date, position title, salary, and benefits. An employment offer letter may be provided to you by the employer.
- Once you have accepted an offer, write a polite and tactful letter declining other offers you may have received.
For more information on Evaluating Job Offers, download Chapter 9 of the UCLA Career Guide.