After months of job search agony, you might have an urge to immediately accept any offer you receive. But before you give a final answer, take time to learn a little more about what the company has to offer. Remember, now your potential employer is trying to sell you, and that means you can ask important questions about benefits and compensation that may have seemed pushy or self-serving during the interview process.

What type of work will I be doing?

Check with the HR about your designation and the kind of work that you will be expected to do. Ask questions about what all will the job profile include and what the company expects from you.


You probably didn’t feel it wise to ask about vacation or sabbaticals when you were trying to land the job, but now’s your opportunity to learn about the company’s policies. How many days does the company offer each year? Are you allowed to roll over days from one calendar year to the next? Will you be compensated for the days off, or not? Today, some of the more creative companies are offering flexible vacation trade-offs.

How many casual and sick leaves do I get?

Every company has a certain number of casual and sick leaves allotted to the employees. Ask the HR about the number of leaves allotted to you and the process of getting it approved. Ask about the provisions for late comings of taking a half day from the office. Make sure to have the details of the person you need to inform in case of any

Aside from salary, what other workplace perks do you offer your staff?

While some companies can’t offer the highest wages, they are able make up for it in other areas. Ask this question to find out how else they reward staff, whether it’s flexible working, free lunches, and so on.

Negotiation expert Jonathan O’Brien believes that you should ask about training courses and business qualifications. ‘It shows your employer you want to better yourself and increase your skill set, and indicates that you have a long-term interest in the company.’

‘It’s crucial that you ask about training before you accept the job,’.’Let’s face it, you won’t want to go in a role and stay there indefinitely – you’re likely to want a promotion at some point. By asking at the interview stages you can understand how you will progress through the company from the offset.’

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