How To Evaluate A Sales Job Offer

Congratulations, you’ve found a sales job you’re excited about and they are excited about you too! Before you pack up your desk you need to be sure you’re making the best decision for your future. Here are some things you should be aware of when considering your sales job offer.

Get All The Information Up Front

Your reputation begins with how you enter a new place of employment and will stay with you, so be certain to handle the transition with thoughtful caution and get all the details up front. Hiring managers can be negatively impacted if you suddenly back out of an offer or come back with unlimited/unreasonable demands. Protect your reputation and always assume that what you say becomes part of a verbal agreement.

Don’t Ignore Warning Signs

Even if you are excited about an opportunity, don’t gloss over any warning signs. Pay attention to how the potential employer is extending the offer. If they’re aggressively seeking your acceptance, consider it as a possible indicator of how they might handle other serious matters down the line. How does that fit with your own working style? Don’t get caught up in any games—make certain that you believe they are as fully committed to you as you are to them.

Honesty Matters – On Both Sides

Be honest. Lying on your resume or in person will often backfire. You can temper that honesty with tact, professionalism and by knowing what needs to be said in order to avoid the “too much information” trap. And, pay attention to how they answer your questions about the sales job offer.  Are they forthright in their own answers or does their wording seem evasive, generalized or downright suspicious? Don’t allow your own enthusiasm to cloud your judgment.

Don’t Leave People Hanging

If you have been speaking with other companies/recruiters during your search, be considerate of their effort on your behalf.  Once you have accepted a new position, you’ll need to close the loop with them. They will appreciate you being respectful of their time and remain open to working with you again in the future.