Posted by HBCU Pride & Joy on 6/5/2017
Now that you’ve graduated from college, you are likely interviewing in hopes of landing that dream job. As a young alum of an HBCU, everything you do will reflect upon your graduating institution. Therefore, it is important that you conduct yourself professionally in every area of your career including how you accept the job offer.
After the interviewing process, you will have to play the waiting game to see if you get the long awaited call or a letter of rejection. Here are a few tips to get you ready to receive that job offer:
1. Be sure to be professional when you receive the call. Don’t yell, scream or call for your mom; you’ll have to play it cool.
2. Grab a pen and paper to make notes about the offer. You’ll likely be excited and can easily forget the terms offered.
3. Remember, you don’t have to accept right away. You can, but if you are waiting for another offer or are not 100% happy with the terms, it is perfectly okay to take some time to consider. Instead, reiterate your interest in the position and be sure to thank them for their offer. Finally, come to an agreement as to when you will give them an answer concerning the offer.
4. Whether you accept or don’t accept, you should receive the offer in writing. Ask about the official offer letter before you hang up. Remember, if you don’t have anything in writing, it is not yet official.
5. If you want to negotiate the terms of your employment, be positive but not arrogant. Some things that may be open for negotiation include salary, benefits and work hours. You can also negotiate your starting date or relocation costs if applicable.
6. Now that you’ve negotiated the terms and you are satisfied, you can say “yes” to the offer. Once you want to accept, let them know that you will be happy to join their team.
7. Finally, just as you want to receive the offer in writing, your acceptance letter should also be in writing. This letter should not be lengthy but should include a simple thank you, repeat of the title and terms of the job including start date. Be sure to run spellcheck and even have a friend or family proofread the letter for errors. Send the letter directly to the person who made you the offer. It can be sent by e-mail or hard copy.
Once you begin the job, be sure to exceed expectations and shine like the HBCU star that you are!