Offer & Resignation

You have just had an interview with a company. Irrespective of whether you think it went well or not, here are a few keys things you need to be aware of.

01. After your interview

As soon as you leave the interview, you need to contact your recruiter as soon as possible. This enables them find out how things went, and if necessary perform damage control. At Isisekelo, we generally ask you whether there was anything you wish you had said/anything you wish you hadn’t said, as under the pressure of an interview, both are easy to do. If we are informed soon enough, we can fix any mis-understanding between you and the company (which is one of our most valuable and overlooked functions).

02. When can you expect an offer?

After the interview your recruiter will be pushing as hard as possible for an offer. Companies however, generally like to do things in their own time. This may be as a result of them waiting for a specific project or circumstance to occur on their side. They may also be conducting more interviews. The key here is to be as patient as possible. Just because it takes a few weeks does not mean that you are out of the running. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the company may make the offer immediately (consider it a lucky break).

03. Background checks

Depending on the hiring policy of the company in question, they may request certain checks prior to making an offer. It is essential that you be prepared with at least 2 relevant references (from seniors in a work related role if possible) as this is a pretty standard request. Less often a company will also request a credit and criminal check. For a criminal check, we use an independent contractor who will arrange to meet up with you and scan your fingerprints using a bio-metric device. It is a very quick and easy process.

04. How much will your offer be?

In terms of an increase, you can generally expect a maximum increase of 10%. We very seldom see an increase above 10% so don’t expect to get a 30% increase just because the job range said it would pay up to X. Its all dependant on what you are currently earning. It is however highly recommended that you get a fresh copy of your payslip to your recruiter as this will help to ensure that both your recruiter and the company know exactly how much you are currently earning. This will reduce the chance of an under offer.

05. The offer is made

Before popping open the bubbly, take the time to let your recruitment consultant go over the offer with you. Ensure the offer makes sense and that the package is what you expected. Ask any questions as soon as possible, allowing your recruiter to get back to the company rapidly. Even though a company may take 3 weeks to make the offer, they expect to have it signed and back to them in a matter of days! Delaying the submission of an offer does not look good. Be aware that certain companies structure their packages differently, so even though your package may be higher, your take home pay could be the same or less. If this is the case, consider the fact that you probably have benefits that you didn’t have before.

06. Seeking a counter offer

While sitting with a fresh offer on your desk, it may be tempting to go to your current employer and ask for a counter offer. Accepting a counteroffer seldom ends well. Here are some of the reasons why: The same circumstances that caused you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future; even if you accept a counteroffer. Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in 6 months or being let go of within a year is 90%. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy, from this day on, your loyalty will always be in question. Finally, you need to ask yourself, what type of company will only offer you what you are worth when you threaten to resign?

07. Resignation

Your next step is going to be resignation. One of two things will happen: Your current employer will congratulate you, ask you to work out your notice period and say good luck or, they will ask you to hold off on your decision, and approach you with some tempting offers to stay. Taking a counter offer per our experience has never ended well. Once you have made the decision to move, you need to keep your focus on the bigger picture and stick to your guns!

08. Notice Period

At the time of resignation it is often a good idea to ask your current employer if there is any chance of leaving sooner. This normally works out for them as well, especially if it is a sales environment. It can also be a benefit for them to be able to cut your salary cost by not keeping you around for an extra month while you produce very little – so its definitely worth asking.