10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting the Offer
You’ve been through months of revising your resume, applying for internships, attending virtual job fairs, and interviewing with companies. You finally have an offer, but you need to make sure it’s the right fit. Your internship sets the foundation for your career. Ask yourself these questions before accepting:
- Am I excited about the work I will be doing?
When it comes down to it, will you be happy with what you are doing for the length of your internship? Do you find it valuable and useful to your career as well as enjoyable?
- How did the people I met throughout the interview process make me feel?
It’s important to feel comfortable with the people you’ve met with so far. Did they make you feel welcome? If you had a chance to meet the teams you will be working with, are you excited to work with them?
- What are the hours like?
Will the hours work for you and your schedule? Are you planning to take any summer classes you need to schedule around? What will this mean for your current daily routine?
- Do I care about the company’s mission?
The answer can be no, but it could also be yes. If you get excited about what the company does, its culture and values, you know you’re on your way to a good fit.
- What else did I learn throughout the interview process?
How did the company answer the questions I asked throughout the interview process? Did those questions make me more or less excited about the company? Were there any red flags?
- Are there opportunities for professional development or full-time work?
Post-internship, will there be full time opportunities and is that important to you? What other professional development are they offering? What skills will you learn?
- What are the pay/benefits?
Obviously pay is important. Look at the total benefit package available to you, not just the hourly rate. Weigh this against your other options and expectations. Is this negotiable? Is it a fair offer?
- Is the structure (virtual/in-person/hybrid) ideal for me?
You’ll have to weigh the benefits of both. Virtual is convenient and flexible, however you miss out on some of the interaction with people as well as the feel for the company’s culture in the office. In Person has more opportunity for collaboration, community involvement, and spontaneous learning, but sometimes lacks the flexibility of schedule and location.
- Do I have any other offers on the horizon?
It can be exciting to get an offer, but if you have other opportunities that you haven’t heard back about yet, it could make sense to wait to accept. You want to avoid reneging an offer. If there is a deadline you are unsure of meeting, consider asking for an extension. If you know that this is the one, trust your gut and go for it!
- Can you see yourself succeeding in the role?
Can you visualize a successful internship with this company? Do they have clearly defined goals? Did they give you assurance that they will equip you with the skills necessary to succeed?
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