You’ve received a job offer. Congratulations! Now it’s time to evaluate the offer and negotiate for the salary you want. Below are some key factors to keep in mind as you weigh your decision.

Things to Consider


  • Is this your decision alone? Or do you need to involve others in the decision-making process?
  • Are you excited about the job?
  • Can you envision yourself working there?
  • Do you think you’ll be able to work with your new boss?

The Marketplace

  • Does this job fit into your long-term career path?
  • Will it help you reach the next step in your career?
  • Does it match your interests, skills, and abilities?

Job Duties

  • Are the duties of the job interesting and challenging?
  • Does the work schedule fit your needs? If you need flexibility, will you have it?
  • Will this job be fun for you? (Remember… it’s work!)
  • Will it give you opportunities to grow?

Salary and Compensation

  • Do some research to find out the salary range for the kind of job you’re considering.
        o NACE Salary Calculator Center
        o’s Salary Wizard 
  • Can you live on the income you’re being offered?
  • Will you get a signing bonus?
  • Does the salary include a commission or incentives?
  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate with the employer for a higher salary.


  • Explore the company’s health insurance plan. Find out what your contribution will be.
  • Consider the range of possible benefits, including vacation and sick day policies, 401-K or pension contributions, stock options, and opportunities for telecommuting
  • Will your position be exempt or non-exempt?
  • Explore to learn more about what to expect from your benefits.

Company Culture

  • Do the company’s values match your own?
  • What is the culture like? Is it casual, social, buttoned-up, 9 to 5 … ?
  • Is there a lot of turnover? Is it hard to move up in the company?
  • Does the company offer you potential for growth, professional development opportunities, or community involvement?
  • Will you have opportunities for advising and mentorship?

Your Boss

  • Talk to others who have been supervised by your prospective boss.
  • Are you comfortable with his/her management style?
  • Will you learn from him/her?
  • Is your boss interested in your professional development?


For one-on-one advice about evaluating job offers and negotiating salaries, schedule an appointment with a career coach or stop by during Drop-In Hours.

Job Offer Policy

The Career Center has an Employer Recruiting Policy in effect to which employers must adhere in order to participate in recruiting programs. One section in particular relates to the timeline for job offers. Please reference this document to support your decision-making process once you have been extended an internship or offer of employment.