In final interviews, compensation, benefits, and related subjects should be fully discussed.
Career Change Guide Preview: Recommended Actions following Chapter 12 – Compensation & References
Enter a compensation discussion in depth only if there is a good chance that an offer will be extended.
- Use the hiring organization’s compensation structure as the framework.
- Surface special issues and/or questions you have.
Give out your references.
- Give references’ information late in the process.
- Prepare your references for a call from someone in the organization.
- If the hiring organization does not want to call your references, try to find out why not.
Recommended Actions following Chapter 13 – Getting an Offer or Not
If you receive a good offer:
- Call your new boss, accept the offer and work out a start date, giving yourself time to decompress.
- Send a letter accepting the offer.
- Thank your references for their support.
- Contact all those who helped in your search.
- Share your news and thank them.
- Let the ones you most respect know that you want to stay in touch with them.
- Take a short vacation.
If you receive a marginal offer:
- Let the hiring manager know:
- You would like to join the team.
- You think that your services are worth more than the offer.
- If you think it would be appropriate, share what your research disclosed.
- Ask if some adjustment could be made to the offer.
- Try to maintain a positive dialogue and be flexible. (In the end, you may accept the offer.)
If you receive an unacceptable offer:
- Let the hiring manager know your feelings and explain your thoughts about the offer.
- Ask if the offer might be increased to what you think is an appropriate level.
- If not, politely decline the offer.
If you do not receive an offer:
- Let the hiring manager know that you appreciated the time they devoted to you and wish them well.
- Consider the process you went through.
- What you learned about yourself.
- The experience you gained.
- How you broadened your network.
- Call your reference and update them.
- If they were called, find out the questions asked and if there were any issues.
- Be appreciative of their support.
- Reactivate your job search.
- Revise your search plan as appropriate.
- Resume networking and other means of getting leads.
- Be positive with friends and loved ones.
- Maintain an optimistic outlook and keep in mind that an opportunity can materialize at any time.
Recommended Actions following Chapter 14 – Joining the New Organization
Make an extra effort to prepare for the new job.
- Meet with your new boss, possibly away from the office for lunch.
- Find out about the issues and opportunities on his/her mind.
- Get his/her thoughts about your priorities.
- Learn what you can about the people with whom you will be working.
- Prepare for your new job before starting.
- Talk to knowledgeable people who might give you good insights.
- Learn what you can about the organization and people there.
- Conduct research about the competition and industry.
- Be humble and respectful, and mostly ask questions.
- Work hard to take over your responsibilities promptly.
- Learn how your boss thinks and develop a good relationship with him/her.
- Get to know and develop good relationships with your fellow employees.
- Develop a relationship with a mentor.
Plan to work there long enough to see the results of your actions and develop meaningful relationships with those you respect.