4 questions to consider before accepting an IT job offer

June 12, 2013

If you’re looking to delve into the wide world of IT jobs, there are numerous ways to get a foot in the door, as many sectors of information technology and thriving and companies are looking to add talent.

Once you’ve gone through the rigmarole of applying and interviewing for a position in the IT field, if you play your cards right, you might have an offer on the table and an important decision to make. If you’re considering taking a position in the industry, it might mean big things for you – but you should ask yourself a few questions first.

Is the offer good enough?
If you’ve done your homework and developed a good understanding of what a qualified professional in your field deserves to make – not only in terms of salary, but benefits as well – you should know whether you’re getting the offer you deserve. If the offer is up to snuff, then you may want to take it, but if not, don’t be afraid to speak out. You might want to negotiate a better deal, or simply pass and wait for a better opportunity elsewhere.

Is the company financially stable?
LifeHacker notes that before taking a position in IT, you might want to assess the financial health of the company offering you the job. If it’s a public corporation, check out their last 10-K filing with the SEC and look at how they’re doing. If it’s private, ask about its earnings. If it’s a startup, examine its business model and decide for yourself whether it’s sustainable. The last thing you want to do is take a job now with a company that’s going under next year, so make sure that doesn’t happen.

Is the culture right for you?                   
Forbes explains that the most important thing about an IT company – or any company – is its people. Ask yourself – who would be your supervisor, and what is his or her leadership style? What would your co-workers be like? What kind of clients would you be dealing with every day?

Will this position help with your big-picture career goals?
Try to ask yourself big questions. Where do you see yourself in five years, or 10, or 20? Ideally, you’d like to find a job that helps you advance toward your dream job. The position you’re considering might not be perfect, but it should at least be a step in the right direction.