5 Tips to Ensure a Job Offer is Everything it Seems to Be

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Nov 5, 2021

Nov 5, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

Job hunting can be a tedious process when it comes to finding the best position for your career change. Whether it’s into a new industry, new company, or new position, it can be both exciting and nerve-racking to step into a new role and wave your old job goodbye.

When it comes to job offers, it is important to ensure you're receiving all that they’re promising you. Some companies will have different benefits, paid time off, salary, and so on. When you find the one that checks all your boxes of what you are looking for in a new position, it can be tempting to jump right in and take the job. While you don’t want them to pass you by and move on to another candidate, it is still a good idea to validate all that this company is claiming to provide.

Unfortunately, not all offers are everything they seem to be. Some may promise more than you will actually receive, and some may even be scammers posing as an executive for a company solely looking to gain access to your personal information or funds. Here are some tips to help you avoid accepting an offer that isn’t what you expected.

Be Wary of an Offer that Seems Too Good to Be True

Looking for a minimum salary, paid time off, and benefits? This is a typical expectation of job hunters that they want potential employers to be able to meet. If you find an employer who is willing to provide above your request amount and then some, it may be best to check the legitimacy of the person you are speaking to. Some job scammers will tell you what you want to hear to get your personal information, only to leave you with identity theft risk and more job hunting to do.

Avoid Offers that You Don’t Remember Applying For

Linkedin, indeed and other career-based websites are great for networking and showing your skills online to potential employers. While this transparency and easy communication with others in your field are beneficial to both job hunters and hiring businesses, it also assists job scammers with finding their next victim.

Acting as a local business, a scammer might email you with a job offer in your field with a recognizable logo. These emails will even use the name of executives found online, a company email address, and more. If you receive a great offer that you don’t remember applying to, it is best to reach out to the Human Resources department of that company and confirm it’s real. They will easily be able to tell you if their company is inviting you to work with them, or if someone has gotten hold of your contact information and is trying to lure you in with a fake job posting.

Utilize Business Reviews

Today it is much easier to go into a new career with a new company knowing what to expect. Thankfully new websites allow former and current employees to leave anonymous reviews of their employers. Think of it like a yelp for those who have worked in this company before. Are they shortening people’s promised work hours? Cutting vacation time? Any of these activities that don’t align with what someone has been offered will likely be posted on these business review websites. Visiting them and seeing how other employees have enjoyed working here can help you make sure everything is as promised in your job offer.

Ask Questions Regarding the Offer

Responsible and trustworthy employers want to make sure that everyone has clear expectations and responsibilities for both parties. If you are confused about certain things they are promising, be sure to ask questions that allow you to understand exact policies and benefits. Unclear answers or avoidance of explaining company policies may be a red flag that this offer may not be exactly what you’re expecting. Clearing up any confusion and double-checking this company is all they say they are is a good way to make sure you aren’t leaving your position for one that isn’t as good as you thought. 

Be Familiar with Your Rights

Let’s say a business provides you everything you need in an offer- great pay, flexible vacations, full benefits, and much more. You then leave your previous position for this new, better one and find they are not providing what they said they would. Or worse, they fire you after a period of time. 

This may be considered inducement, which takes place when an individual has been induced by a business to leave their stable position in exchange for reasonable job security. When inducement occurs and your career experience has been damaged by it, you may be entitled to financial compensation for these damages. If you feel you have experienced inducement from a company only to be fired later, consider taking this matter up with legal professionals who can help.