The Offer …

Congratulations! You got the call and it is good news. Good news, don’t they mean great news, fantastic news even!? This is the role you wanted, you have done lots of research and preparation to get the role. So what are they going to offer you and how?

Typically when a vacancy is advertised the salary range is disclosed and upon making an application you will either have given your current salary and package details or information on what you are looking for. So, it stands to reason that the amount mentioned during ‘the’ call will be what you are wanting. Today we are going to assume it is; which is even better news.

You may get the call from the hiring manager in which case they will give you the bones of the information and advise that HR will be in touch with the letter and contract of employment. Alternatively you will get a call from someone in HR. Either way, they should advise you on the following;

  • Salary
  • Bonus and/or Commission (if applicable)
  • Shares or Stock options (if applicable)
  • Car or Car Allowance (if applicable)
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Start date – which you will discuss and agree on. Typically 4-6 weeks from the date of the offer but can be longer if you are on a lengthy notice period or if this is a project based role.
  • They will also confirm the exact Job Title – occasionally this will be different to the advertised title


All of this information will then be sent to you in the form of the offer letter and should be accompanied by a contract which will contain all of the company’s terms of employment such as sickness and confidentiality of information. These will come out to you as a traditional letter which can take about a week. As we would recommend you have something in writing in your hand prior to resigning from your current role you can ask to have an electronic copy emailed to you which will probably arrive the next day (the letter is only written after you have verbally accepted)

If you have any questions about the package you can ask them now. Anything major should definitely be discussed at this point. Alternatively you may think of something minor once you see everything in black and white.

You will be asked at this stage to make a verbal acceptance. You will also be asked to name your references so have that information arranged in advance. Your references should be people who know you professionally and that you have worked with in some capacity during one of your recent roles. It is a good idea to speak with your referees before supplying their details; to make sure the information you provide for them is current and to gain their agreement that they are happy to do this for you.

For help with the interview process or making the transition from where you are to where you want to be please contact one of our Consultant Coaches at

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