4 Mistakes That Could Cost You the Job Offer

Securing a job offer may feel like the last step in landing a position, but until the deal is signed and you're at the company on your first day of work, there are no guarantees. Make sure you don't make these four common mistakes before joining an employer.

You’ve just received a job offer and you’re feeling confident about the future. Now you have a chance to prove yourself and begin your meteoric rise to the top. But hold on. At this stage of the game, it’s important not to get ahead of yourself.

Why? Because you don’t actually have the job until an employer signs on the dotted line. If, in the meantime, you exhibit behavior that a hiring manager finds questionable, the offer could be rescinded. Then, it’s back to the job-hunting drawing board for you.

Don’t risk letting a new job slip through your fingers. Following are four mistakes that might make an employer rethink an offer and tips to avoid them:

1. You’re a naïve negotiator. It’s unwise to attempt a salary negotiation if you haven’t done your homework. Even if you possess highly sought skills, suggesting an unrealistic starting salary may make an employer decide to go in another direction. Before negotiating, consult resources such as the OfficeTeam Salary Guide to research compensation trends for people in your field with similar skills.

2. You don’t know when to say when. Pushing for things over and above your initial requests to test how far a hiring manager is willing to go can backfire on you: instead of getting more than you bargained for, you could end up with nothing. Let common sense prevail when negotiating and quit while you’re ahead.

3. You overestimate yourself. If you threaten to walk away unless your demands are met during negotiations, don’t be surprised if no one stops you. Issuing ultimatums is more likely to be viewed as a sign of arrogance than a display of confidence. A non-combative, friendly demeanor when negotiating is the way of a true professional.

4. You exaggerated a bit. An offer can only be made in good faith if you’ve represented yourself truthfully. Embellishing even minor details on your resume will reflect badly on you if an employer does a little digging and discovers discrepancies after the fact. When in doubt, err on the side of integrity and stick to the unvarnished truth.

One last thing; don’t forget to mind your online manners as well. Put simply, don’t post anything on Facebook or Twitter or any type of social media you wouldn’t want a hiring manager to see. A lack of discretion doesn’t always result in a withdrawn offer, but it can start you off on the wrong foot with an employer.

Have you ever faced a challenging job offer negotiation? How did you get the deal done without jeopardizing the offer?

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