How to handle an on the spot job offer

How to handle an on the spot job offer

You’ve struck the job-hunter’s Holy Grail. Not only have you landed the role (hopefully of your dreams), but you’ve done it without any of the traditional post-interview agonising that comes from waiting to hear if you’re the one. In fact, you didn’t even get to finish your meeting before recruiters were beckoning you to sign on the dotted line. It almost sounds too good to be true, right? Here’s what you do with a fast job offer.

Ask yourself the tough questions about the job offer:

While it’s immensely flattering to be offered the job before you’ve even finished the interview, you still need to ask yourself why it happened. Sure you’re awesome, but most companies aren’t so quick off the mark nor are they traditionally altruistic.

Know what you’re in for in your new job:

To know the answer it’s essential to do your homework and learn everything you can about the company with which you’re interviewing so there are no rude awakenings. That includes reading everything you can about the organisation online, including news articles and cultivating relationships within the organisation to gain valuable insider knowledge. The idea is to be as prepared as humanly possible so you’re ideally placed to make an informed decision.

Know what you want in a dream job:

Before your interview (ideally before you even start your job search), that way you can never be taken by surprise. This includes having a clear idea of your ambitions, career goals and the steps you need to take to get you where you need to go.

Make sure your I’s are dotted and T’s crossed:

If you’re offered a job on the spot, you may find all the practicalities of the arrangement are lost in the excitement of snaring the role. It is essential, however, to know exactly what you are agreeing to. Some essential points of discussion include: salary package, benefits, leave entitlements and incentives. And don’t forget to add in any commitments you already have, such as a holiday.

Don’t fold to pressure:

It may seem like an out-dated idea, but the adage “trust your instincts” is still around for a reason. If you get a bad vibe about the organisation, or its management, there’s usually a reason – so don’t be rushed into a decision you may later regret.


Even if there’s no doubt, it’s still best to ask for more time. You should never make any life-changing decision on the spot. Always give yourself time to think and if a company won’t give you at least 24 hours to consider their offer, it should definitely raise a red flag.

On the spot job offer tips:

  • Ask yourself the tough questions
  • Make sure you know what you’re in for
  • Trust your instincts
  • Don’t fold under pressure

Remember to always watch out for these signs a job could become a nightmare.


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