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How to Answer a Job Offer

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When an employer offers you a job, it’s normal to experience joy about getting the position, but you should also respect the process involved in setting up a new employee. For example, your new employer may have forms that need to be filled out and brought in to the office on your first day. Respond to the offer within a reasonable period of time, letting the employer know whether or not you are accepting the offer. It’s common for some negotiation to occur during this process, so be clear on the terms of your employment before you accept the contract.

Respond to the job offer. You should have an idea of whether or not you want the job going into the second interview, so responding to the phone call or email offering you the position should be easy. If you need more time, ask for a night to think about it. You may need to seriously weigh your options or discuss prospects with your family before making a big change.

Negotiate any benefits or pay increases you may desire. Once you know that the position is yours, evaluate the terms to make sure you are getting what you want. You could argue for a higher base pay, seek a sign-on bonus or negotiate a work-from-home schedule.

Fill out any forms that signify that you have legally accepted the job offer. Some employers send a letter for you to sign that signifies that you have accepted the terms that the hiring manager has set forth. Once you have forms, your employer may or may not require them before your arrival on the first day of work. Keep a copy of all correspondence and forms for your own records.

Arrive on time and ready to work on your first day. Reporting to work promptly shows that you care about the job and that you appreciate the opportunity you have been given.


Ask your new manager before you start work if there are any skills you will need to brush up on before day one. This shows initiative and a willingness to succeed.