5 Tips for Making a Job Offer That is Sure to Be Accepted

By Alicia Geigel on June 25, 2022

In a highly competitive job market flooded by applicants and new positions filling up quickly, it can be difficult to ensure your job offer will be accepted by potential candidates. While there is no guaranteed formula to secure a candidate after proposing a promising job offer, there are a handful of simple steps you can take to leverage the likelihood of landing a worthy new employee.

If you are an employer or recruiter looking for some tips to gain new employees and get your job offers accepted, follow these five tips!

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1. Narrow Down Your Choices Fast: Upon uploading your job postings, you can get bombarded with an influx of applicants. Sorting through job applications, choosing who to interview, and moving forward with an appropriate job offer can feel like a never-ending process with no clear end. Use your best critical thinking skills to carefully weigh the qualifications and skills of each candidate to narrow down your choices. Doing so can give you a better picture on the candidates you are serious about, which will help you move through the process quickly. If the hiring process is dragged out, there is a chance you could miss out on a good candidate because another promising job opportunity came along.

2. Pick Up the Phone: So you found a handful of worthy candidates you want to potentially bring into your company. After gathering the information about each applicant, the next step is to pick up the phone and call them to discuss where you are at in the hiring process. Relay to them that you are seriously considering them for the position and you want to move forward with either an interview or a trial or some sort. This time is perfect to show your enthusiasm and passion for the job as well as your eagerness to hire them. After that, you can move on to the next step and talk about the salary and work benefits.

3. Detail the Salary and Benefits: There is a popular phrase that goes something like money talks, and the rest walks. Simply put, this means that when people start throwing numbers out there and making monetary offers, people are more likely to listen and commit to what is being said. Of course, there are many cases where individuals work to fulfill their passion, but money matters too. Inc.com suggests, “Explain pay and benefits as thoroughly and accurately as possible. Describe the base salary, how any bonus plans work, provide a fairly thorough overview of health and other benefits, and describe any other perks.” Being clear about the pay, benefits like health care, paid vacations, sick days, 401Ks/Roth IRAs, etc. will give your candidate a crystal clear idea about what they will receive for their position and make them more likely to commit to the job.

4. Listen to Counter Offers/Feedback: It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. In the job market especially, companies are constantly competing against one another to be better and more popular in their respective field. This competitive nature also applies to hiring worthy candidates. During the hiring process, you may encounter a number of candidates who are not willing to commit to the position right away because they already have a better offer from another job. In this case, listen to what they have to say and give them room to negotiate with you if it is worthwhile. In this case, salary and benefits can be negotiated and the applicant may be more inclined to work with you because you were open to listening to them/their offers.

5. Make it Official on Paper: Congratulations! You’ve basically solidified and cemented your offer with a candidate. Once you’ve established the terms with the person and they have accepted everything you’ve offered, draw up a formal job letter to list all of the position details as well as confirm their willingness to work with your company. A formal job letter should include the following, according to a blog post by Morgan McKinley, “the candidate’s full name, official job title, job description, formal start date, probation period length, any conditions, benefits, salary, etc.”

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When it comes to the hiring process, sometimes it is less about the exact numbers of a salary or the perks of a benefits package, and more about making a candidate feel comfortable and excited about taking on a new job position. Enthusiasm and openness as well as kindness and warmth, are just as important as numbers on a spreadsheet. When trying to confirm a job candidate and ensure that they accept your offer, be sure to sell your company and its overall work experience just as much as the per hour salary.

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