Before you accept the offer, take a moment and think: Am I missing something?

What to ask your employer before you accept the offer?

There has been an increase in the number of women joining the workforce. Women are not only seeking jobs but today, they are working towards a career. It is quite natural that if you aren’t satisfied with your current job, you would apply elsewhere. However, there’s more to a job that the position, the brand, and the pay. A job offer may seem lucrative on the surface, but there are some tiny details about every job that most recruiters don’t talk about elaborately. However, these very details can shape your growth and future at a new workplace. 

So, before you sign the contract, make sure you ask your future employer about the following things:

1. Extra duties: Do you recall being briefed about your job roles and KRAs during your previous job’s interview? ‘Yes, obviously!’ you would say. However, the job turned out to differ greatly from what you had expected! Why? Because of all the side errands and unmentioned duties, which you weren’t briefed about during the interview! Employers may slide some hidden requirements of the job under the rug while only talking about the major areas. Be sure to question every “etc” and “stuff like that”. Leave nothing open to interpretation and be very vocal in expressing what you wouldn’t like to be involved with.

2. Criteria of performance review: During the selection process, employers touch upon the subjects of performance appraisals in a hurry. Take a moment to ask about the appraisal process. When does the review happen? Will you be eligible for the next appraisal?  What will be the criteria for your appraisal? How do they define success in your particular job profile?–These are a few questions you need to know. 

3. Short-term and long-term goals: Before joining an organisation, you need to have a clear picture in your head as to what you are working for. Be sure to ask: What does the organisation aim to accomplish soon, and also, what are the more ambitious and exciting opportunities you could explore as you advance. An organisation’s vision inspires a team to work together, that’s why you need to know the long-term goal. However, without a crisp short term goal, there won’t be a direction or strategy to achieve the long-term goals. Make sure you know both beforehand!

4. Team members: Enquire about the team you will be a part of, and also the teams you would work closely with. You may also ask your employer to brief you up on the job roles of each team member, so when you kick-start your new job, you aren’t clueless about “where to get what done”. It is even better if you could get your employer to introduce you to your department and each team member before you join the workplace. 

5. Maternity leave/ menstrual offs: As a woman, it becomes important to understand the women-centric policies of the organisation you will join. If you are in an early stage of family planning, it is recommended that you inform your organisation and understand their provision on it. Some organisations offer generous maternity leaves while others don’t at all. Your previous organisation may have allowed you an off during your menses, but depending on your new job and company, the new employer may not. Irrespective of how a company tackles women-centric issues, it is important for you to know what to expect, and you can make your decisions and plans accordingly! 

6. Complimentary perks: A good job gives you financial and personal satisfaction. However, a good employer can give you much more. Do enquire what are the complimentary perks the company provides. Do they provide a group mediclaim for all their employees? Do they have wellness rooms, yoga, daycare for babies or any such special provisions that prove they do go an extra mile for their tea?.

7. Salary structure: Before you accept the offer, make sure you know its breakdown. Your CTC (Cost To Company) has its breakdown in categories like basic salary, transportation cost, accommodation cost, Provident Fund, and taxes. There may also be a term - 'performance-based variable' in your salary structure. Make sure you leave nothing to ambiguity by asking the HR to explain each aspect of the salary.


These are a few things that every woman should ask her future employer before she takes up the offer. Most employers touch up elaborately upon the Key responsibility areas, job requirements etc. However, some details are often deliberately omitted. If you enquire and ask them to explain the above points, you shouldn’t be in for an unpleasant surprise at the new company. Furthermore, there are certain habits that can boost your professional life. Read it now.


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