Navigating the offer process

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Anthony Baron for-candidates

Navigating the job offer process

As you explore our toolkit, you’ll see various articles full of tips for excelling in all stages of the recruitment process, but what should you do when you are offered a job? We’ve collated the top dos and don’ts of navigating the job offer process from speaking with our specialist recruitment consultant and Eleven Recruitment Director, Anthony Baron.

With over a decade of experience working in recruitment for the oil, gas, power and LNG sectors, I often find myself broking salary negotiations between clients and candidates. A successful outcome gets the candidate the job they want, and the client gets the candidate they want based on commercial terms that both are happy with. A win-win comes from having a realistic, clear and consistent view of what you want, and why you want it.

Whether you are moving to a new company or considering a counter offer, you must be realistic and understand your value within the market in which you participate.

Key factors to think about when considering an offer should include career progression, reporting lines, company strategy and culture and bonus and/or shares schemes, if relevant. Once you feel aligned with these elements the benefits should also be considered. These may include holiday allowance, health care, insurances, gym memberships and pension schemes.

If you have been made an offer, make sure you take note of these dos and don’ts. 


  1. Understand why you are looking for a new job and be realistic about your salary expectations

Remuneration should never be the only reason for choosing a new role. Of course we understand money is important, but you also have to be happy where you work to truly realise your full potential and excel at what you do. You should consider what makes you unhappy in your current role as well as the reputation and values of the new company.

If you are considering a counter offer, will more money solve all the issues that led you to look for another role in the first place?

  1. Consider the balance of salary and opportunity

Is the salary lower than expected? If so, is the opportunity greater than if you stay where you are? If you accept, will the short-term financial hit be rewarded with better career prospects and remuneration in 2-3 years’ time?

Consider these questions carefully. What you feel the job is lacking now may put you in a better position, personally and financially, in the future.

  1. Reply to the consultant quickly, ask questions

Always remember that your consultant will specialise in job roles within your field, so ask us as many questions as possible. The more informed you are about the company, the role, the prospects etc the better position you will be in to navigate the process to a desirable outcome.  


  1. Lie about your remuneration, or anything else for that matter

Lies get found out. Reputation and integrity take time to establish. Don’t gamble yours for short term gain.

  1. Ask what time I get to leave during the week

This is a question that I have heard more times that I’d care to admit.

Knowing your weekly working hours is one thing but asking what time you can leave the office each day gives the impression that you are already thinking about getting home before you’ve even been offered the job! By all means ask your consultant if they know this information.

  1. Overvalue yourself / overplay your hand

Overplaying your hand can make you look greedy and insincere about wanting the job and could even lead to an employer retracting their job offer. Understand your worth and ask for what is fair, but don’t overvalue your skills – there is likely to be a second choice for your role who may not ask for more.

If you would like more information about navigating the job offer process or if you are looking to change or evolve your career in the energy and commodities markets, get in touch with our team today.