You’re at a point at which your search over the last months will become a success or a failure. You’ve got an offer, hopefully more than one so you can make a choice. Having a choice considerably reduces the chance of making a mistake.

One under emphasized aspect of a job search is that a high percentage of new jobs last a short time, often less than a year. Several years ago, in a little over a year, I had 11 candidates whose prior job had lasted less than a year. They were all middle- or senior-level managers with an MBA or law degree from a well-known university,
and none of them had had a major job problem before. Three of them had taken jobs that required relocating: pulling their children out of their schools, selling their houses, and moving to another part of the country. These job hunters were not shortsighted, unsophisticated people, and yet their new jobs failed.

An associate counseled a CEO from a badly depressed area to accept another CEO position across the country. This man had visited the company twice for several days each time and had intensive talks with the two owners and other key people. At the end of his first day on the job, however, he resigned. The job had been misrepresented.
He had been told he would have full control of the whole operation, but he immediately realized that the two “absentee” owners intended to run the show. Also they already exposed him to several unethical dealings of theirs that he couldn’t live with.

These experiences demonstrate a problem all job hunters face: the difficulty of knowing what’s really going on in a company they are considering joining. Finding and accepting a new job involves a courtship on both sides: The candidate tries to make the most favorable impression possible, and the company often romances the candidate
until the offer is accepted.

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