Job offers are an ancient business practice.
They feel like “legal” formalities with a squeeze of bureaucracy. Sign here, here, and here, but remember, you have a three-day deadline to sign or else.
Instead of a job offer, I prefer to have a job celebration conversation in-person or on a video call.
Here’s what that looks like:
Money: Pay and benefits should be no surprise. If it is, you failed as a hiring manager.
“If we offer you a position and the salary is $x, is that in line with you?”
Timeline: Take a little time to discuss the growth plan and the average time it takes to develop into future roles.
“You’re going to have the opportunity to grow here, to take on new challenges, learn new things, and to use your unique strengths. To grow into the next role, it could take about [x] months/years.”
Decision: Understand who else is helping them make their career decision. Be human, care, and see how you can help their “family” make the right decision.
“Who else is helping you make this career decision? What do they think?”
Last question: Have them sell themselves so when they accept, they’re ecstatic about their decision.
“You’re one of the final candidates, why do you want to work with us and why should we choose you?”
“Congrats! We choose you. You’re hired. The start date will be [x] days from now.”
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