Ideally, you’ll have at least two offers to compare with each other. Frequently, though, you’ll have one offer and a better one pending. In evaluating offers, include the potential one. Grade each company on each priority. Add up the total score for each company, and compare it with your gut feeling. If ABC’s offer feels better than Monarch’s offer, yet Monarch’s score is higher, reexamine the percentage of importance you’ve given to each priority and the
scores you’ve given each company on each priority. Make sure the numbers represent your true feelings by reconciling the scores with your gut feelings. It’s particularly important to run this analysis by one or two trusted friends, if Monarch seems to be the best make a determined effort to land that position.
If you’ve done a good job of evaluating these three offers, you’ll see why salary isn’t necessarily the deciding factor.
Sometimes you have a mediocre offer only after a long search and have to decide whether to accept it. Your decision depends on a number of factors, such as how long you’ve been looking, how well your job search has been going lately, your family and financial situation, and what other prospects you have. If you accept a mediocre offer,
you may have that job for a long time and may start a future search with downgraded marketability.
In general, accept a job offer only if you’re pretty comfortable with it.