Have this job offer checklist ready and accessible for when the offer comes. If you don't, there may be important details you might miss.
But even if you don't have it ready when the offer is made verbally, you can always ask for it to be sent out in writing, then use this checklist to make sure that no detail has been missed.
P.S. Take note that this is a comprehensive list—every item does not necessarily apply to you or your specific offer.
|Topic Area||Their Response||Potential Questions|
|Title||(Is it what was expected? If not, why not?)|
|Report To||(Is it who was expected? If not, why not?)|
|Start Date||Can we make it earlier? Later?|
|Base Salary||Payable monthly? Semi-monthly? Bi-weekly? Arrears?|
|Bonus||Is there any? Percentage? Tied to what specifically?|
|Commissions||Are there any? Percentage? Tied to what specifically?|
|Signing Bonus||Do they offer one? How much? Any conditions?|
|Profit Sharing||What is the criteria? History of payments past 3-5 years?|
|Stock Options||How are they determined? Time to vest?|
|ESOPs/ESPPs||Percentage discount? Mark date?|
|General Benefits||What is my contribution amount? Myself? Family?|
|Health||PPO? HMO? Deductibles? Co-pays? Exclusions? Max?|
|Dental||Deductibles? Co-pays? Orthodontics? Max?|
|Vision Care||Exams? Glasses/contacts? Max?|
|Life Insurance||Set amount? % of salary?|
|Accidental Death||Coverage? Amount?|
|Business Travel Ins.||Coverage? Amount?|
|Short-term Disability||Period of time? Coverage?|
|Long-term Disability||Period of time? Coverage?|
|Vacation||Any flexibility in providing more? When does it increase?|
|Holidays||How many? Can any be flexed?|
|Sick/Personal Days||Covered? How many? Restrictions?|
|401(k)||Company match % and max? Max contribution amount?|
|Pension||Provide any type of pension? (most don't)|
|Tuition||Reimbursement rules and %?|
|Training||Other training provided? Who approves?|
|Relocation||What expenses are covered? Is there a cap?|
|Comp Time||Any work hours/days flexibility?|
|Overtime||Is there paid overtime?|
|Performance Review||When will my first performance review be?|
|Salary Review||When will my first salary review be?|
|Promised Increases||What % increases should I expect for the first 2-3 years?|
|Travel||% overnight travel expected?|
|Laptop||Will you be providing me with a laptop?|
|Mobile phone||Will you be providing me with a mobile phone?|
|Mileage Expense||Is business mileage paid? At what rate?|
|Parking||Is parking paid for?|
|General Expenses||Are all business-related expenses covered?|
|General||Is there anything else I should be aware of?|
Remember, the above checklist covers some items which may not apply to you. But you can use it as the starting point to make sure that all the bases are covered.
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