Don't Accept Any Job Without Asking These 5 Imperative Questions

Congratulations - you've landed a job. You've filled out applications and handed in resumes for what seems like forever, and you finally got an offer. Why not just accept the job? In fact, in today's tough economy, it seems absurd to consider turning down any offer of work, especially if you've been unemployed for some time or are in financial distress.

However, it may not be in your best interest to take any offer that comes your way. It's important that you do some fact-finding before you accept, to make sure that your new job will be a great fit for you and will benefit you in the long run.

1. What Will Your Salary And Benefits Be?

This is generally the first thing you will want to know. Before you accept an offer, it's essential to be clear on what you will be getting paid and what benefits you will have. Calculate your living expenses, and do some research on what the job you're being offered is actually worth in your area. You'll need to at least meet your living expenses, and it's good to be aware of what similar jobs in your area are paying. If you need health insurance, be sure you can get a good plan.

2. What Kind Of Growth Opportunities Will Be Available To You?

The prospect of starting to earn a paycheck now is exciting if you've been unemployed, or transitioning to a new company when you're burnt out on your current one is thrilling. However, don't let that blind you to seeing the big picture with the company you're being offered a position at. When you are accepted for a job, don't be afraid to ask what kind of growth opportunities will be available to you. Do you have the potential to move up the ladder at the company, or to earn more in the future? If you don't get a clear answer, you may want to reconsider accepting the offer. It may sound like a great opportunity now, but you don't want to be stuck in the same position for years with no option to move forward.

3. Does The Company Have A High Turnover Rate?

Although this might seem like an odd question to ask, you will want to be aware of the turnover rate at the company you're being offered a position at. If you don't want to ask your prospective employer directly, you could ask a current employee if you happen to know them outside of work - for example, if you found out about the job opening from a friend. Companies with low turnover rates tend to keep their employees for an extended period of time, signaling that the employees who work there are getting their needs met. If you find out that the company has employees quit frequently, or employees who don't stay long after being hired, it can signal the opposite - that the company who is offering you the job might not be the best place to work.

4. What Will Your Job Duties Be?

Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask what your job description entails or what your job duties might be. Not only do you want to be sure that you'll enjoy the job, you also want to be clear ahead of time of any job duties that will be challenging for you. Be aware of duties that you may need additional training to complete, or that you are unable to do. It's never a good situation to be in if your employer finds out after the fact that you're not quite cut out for the job, or you find out later that you aren't doing what you thought you would be.

5. What Is Your Immediate Supervisor's Management Style?

This is another question that many people don't often consider asking before they accept a job, but it can give you a clue as to whether this position and company will be the right fit for you. Ask a current employee who works with the same supervisor what their typical management style is. Remember, everybody has bad days. However, if it's pretty clear that your potential supervisor likes to micromanage or is a tyrant in the workplace, you might be better off waiting for the next opportunity that comes your way.

When you're offered a job, accepting it right away may seem like the wisest decision - but it might not be. Make sure you're aware of these five things before you say "yes," so you can be confident when you walk in the door on your first day that the relationship between you and your new employer will be mutually beneficial.