So you recently had a job interview, and you're waiting for the employer to call you back with a job offer. Well, if you are fortunate enough to get a call back from the employer, you should be prepared to accept a job offer verbally. Some employers prefer to make a verbal job offer instead of providing an applicant with a written offer. A verbal job offer is less formal and usually easier to do. However, there are a few things that you should know before you accept a job offer verbally.
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Verify all of the job details with the employer. Before you accept a job offer verbally, you should make sure that you are fully aware of the duties and responsibilities for that position. If you have any questions about the job, now is the time to ask for clarification. Don't forget to inquire about the work schedule and benefits, too.
Agree to the terms of employment. In order to proceed with a verbal job offer, the employer needs to know whether or not you are comfortable with all of the job requirements and if you are OK with the terms of employment for this position. Be sure to let the employer know if you feel that you cannot perform any of the required functions or tasks for that job. It is best to be honest with the employer up front instead of waiting until you actually start working in that position.
Accept the job offer. If you feel that this is the right job for you, then it is OK to go ahead and accept a job offer verbally from the employer. Make sure that you give the employer a definite "yes" answer to the job offer and not a "maybe." Keep in mind that if you do not verbally accept the job offer right away, the employer may offer the position to someone else.
Ask the employer to send you a confirmation letter. Not all employers will provide you with a formal letter or ask you to sign a contract before starting a new job. However, it doesn't hurt to ask the employer to send you a letter (or e-mail) with all of the relevant information that pertains to your new job.
Thank the employer for the job offer. Let the employer know how grateful you are for the job offer, and let him know that you look forward to working for him and being a part of his company.
Tips and warnings
- Please note that an employer may withdraw a verbal job offer after she performs a background check, credit check or speaks to your references.
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