The job offer might be yours, but here’s why you shouldn’t celebrate just yet

So this is it. The endless interviews are over and your job hunt has finally come to an end because, at last, you’ve had the call you’ve been waiting for. The job offer is in the bag. It’s a fantastic feeling and, by all means, you should pat yourself on the back. But, you might want to hold off on those expensive celebrations until you receive your first pay check.

While a job offer does mean you’re getting closer to your chosen career, it isn’t a guarantee that your feet are under the table quite yet. This is something many of us forget, and it can even see some people in debt when they rack up celebration costs on their credit cards. When you look into the small print, though, the chances are that your job offer is subject to a fair few factors. As such, a lot could go wrong before you ever see any money out of this company.

We know; we’re putting a real downer on your moment. Yet, acknowledging this is the best thing you can do to a) keep your finances above water and b) turn that offer into a guaranteed position. Without further ado, then, let us consider what can go wrong even after you land that all-important offer.

Failure to land during your trial
Even after extending a job offer, an employer will probably want to observe you on the field. In the case of a job which requires qualifications, this will provide them with a chance to observe your knowledge in action. Even in a job which doesn’t require any qualifications, an employer may use a trial to observe your work ethic and customer communications. 

The form this trial takes will vary dependent on your position. Some employers will implement a straight thirteen-week trial, while others will observe you for a half-shift to start with. Either way, failure to impress here may see your new employer retracting their offer.

Whatever you do, don’t strut in there like you already own the place. Instead, treat every new job like it’s a test, regardless of whether a trial’s been mentioned or not. This way, you’re liable to showcase your best work and guarantee you make the best impression possible at this prime time.

Not passing the medical
Many employers now implement pre-employment medicals with the help of companies like Jobfit Health Group. Standard tests like these observe things like health complaints and drug or alcohol levels. Of course, there’s little you can do from a health issue standpoint aside from considering any specific health requirements before you apply. When it comes to alcohol, drugs, and general fitness, though, the ball is in your court. 

If you fail to look after your body, then it’s no surprise if an employer within a physical industry has concerns. Equally, a negative drug or even alcohol testing would be an instant no-go from any employer. As soon as you receive a job offer, keep your nose (and your health) as clean as possible.

Note, too, that passing this pre-employment test alone might not even secure your role in this company. Many employers implement regular or even surprise testing, and you can bet they’ll be keeping a close eye on your results. If you care about your career, take care of your health before starting.

Forgetting to adhere to company ethics
Company ethics are increasingly vital in a world where customers care who they shop from. More companies than ever are making efforts to do their bit for the environment, and some are even taking steps to help their communities. Ethics also extend to products, where companies may avoid animal testing or cut back on plastic waste. All this is vital for appealing to a young audience, and it’s all stuff that you need to be well aware of before you start your position.

An interview can only go so far for telling an employer what kind of person you are, after all. As such, they’re be sure to be on the look out to confirm whether you adhere with their broader company policies or not. If you’re caught doing things that definitively oppose those ethics, you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up out on your ear.

This makes total sense from an employment point of view. You are about to become one of the faces for this company, after all. An opposition of values could lead to embarrassing publicity. To help secure the future of your job, you need to keep your ethics inline in both your working and personal life moving forward.

Failure to impress your new team
In most cases, an employer will hold value in the opinions of their team. These are the people who will have to work with you, after all. Most managers know that you’re likely to be on your best behaviour when they’re around. As such, don’t be surprised if they ask other members of the team what they think of your working ethics and how well you fit in. 

If you don’t impress the people you’ll be working with there isn’t much chance you’ll be able to keep this job for long. Luckily, knowing that this might happen allows you to turn on the charm for everyone else as well as the boss. Whatever you do, don’t go moaning and share ‘banter’ before you know the working dynamics. The last thing you want is to moan about the boss to their second-in-command who then goes back to spill the beans. Keep out of office politics as much as you can and aim for politeness, without taking the risk of overstepping the mark.

Get these simple steps right, and you’ll be able to celebrate in no time.


This is a collaborative post that was ghost written for More From My Career.

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