Deciding Which Offer to Accept

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the questions to ask yourself and potential employers in order to decide which job offer to accept.


Let’s talk about making the decision where to join. I want to concede— money is a factor the money shouldn’t be the only factor.

If you didn’t do it at the time you began your job search, it’s important for you to sit down and ask yourself this question, “What’s most important to me in the next job or organization? What do I need to see your here to believe it’s the right place for me to join?”

Once you have your answers to that, I want you to prioritize the three or four things that are most important to you. Then figure out what questions you can ask the employer to figure out whether they can provide it for you.

From there, you’ll probably need to have a little bit of give-and-take with yourself. After all, firms are not going to change the way they are doing business to accommodate one single individual.

Doing this helps you get clear so that you don’t make decisions with rose-colored glasses on, you know what I mean – – that view of the organization as though it’s perfect. Beware of what you’re stepping into so that maybe you can negotiate some changes in the offer or circumstances or maybe you can’t. At least or clear about it.

There’s are questions, however, that tends to be overlooked including:

“Where can I do my best work?”

“Where can I really thrive?”

I’ll speak from personal experience. It’s so important to be in an organization where people ”get you.” You want to be the place where people get you, support you, and encourage you, give you atta boys and atta girls that support you in your times of triumph and support you in your times of struggle.

As someone who worked in organization who didn’t get me, I woke up one day and asked myself, “why is it that so many people respect what I do and the people I work with struggle to really see what I’m able to do?” Once I saw that dichotomy, I was able to break away and do different things.

I’ll simply say that’s my story and you’ll have your own version of it. I’ve learned that it’s so important to choose an organization where you can thrive, excel, achieve and really grow and not just be another cog in the machine we you are robotically doing the tasks assigned to you without feedback, respect, support and other things.

Make sure you take that into the equation—“ Is this a place where I can really thrive and do my best work?”



Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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