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Job Offer Checklist

Have this job offer checklist ready by the phone for when the offer comes. If you don't, there may be important details you might miss.

But even if you don't have it ready when the offer is made verbally, you can always ask for it to be sent out in writing, then use this checklist to make sure that no detail is missed.

P.S. Take note that this is a comprehensive list--every item does not necessarily apply to you or your specific offer.

Topic Area Their Response Potential Questions
Title   (Is it what was expected? If not, why not?)
Report To   (Is it who was expected? If not, why not?)
Start Date   Can we make it earlier? Later?
Base Salary   Payable monthly? Semi-monthly? Bi-weekly? Arrears?
Bonus   Is there any? Percentage? Tied to what specifically?
Commissions   Are there any? Percentage? Tied to what specifically?
Signing Bonus   Do they offer one? How much? Any conditions?
Profit Sharing   What is the criteria? History of payments past 3-5 years?
Stock Options   How are they determined? % underwater currently?
ESOPs/ESPPs   Percentage discount? Mark date?
General Benefits   What is my contribution amount? Myself? Family?
Health   PPO? HMO? Deductibles? Co-pays? Exclusions? Max?
Dental   Deductibles? Co-pays? Orthodontics? Max?
Vision Care   Exams? Glasses/contacts? Max?
Life Insurance   Set amount? % of salary?
Accidental Death   Coverage? Amount?
Business Travel Ins.   Coverage? Amount?
Short-term Disability   Period of time? Coverage?
Long-term Disability   Period of time? Coverage?
Vacation   Any flexibility in providing more? When does it increase?
Holidays   How many? Can any be flexed?
Sick/Personal Days   Covered? How many? Restrictions?
401(k)   Company match % and max? Max contribution amount?
Pension   Provide any type of pension? (most dont)
Tuition   Reimbursement rules and %?
Training   Other training provided? Who approves?
Health Clubs   Coverage?
Dependent Care   Coverage?
Relocation   What expenses are covered? Is there a cap?
Comp Time   Any work hours/days flexibility?
Overtime   Is there paid overtime?
Performance Review   When will my first performance review be?
Salary Review   When will my first salary review be?
Promised Increases   What % increases should I expect for the first 2-3 years?
Travel   % overnight travel expected?
Laptop   Will you be providing me with a laptop?
Cell phone   Will you be providing me with a cell phone?
PDA   Will you be providing me with a PDA?
Company car   Is a company car provided? If not, is mileage covered?
Parking   Is parking paid for?
General Expenses   Are all business-related expenses covered?
General   Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Remember, the above checklist covers some items (like company cars, PDAs, etc.) which may not apply to you. But you can use it as the basis to make sure that all the bases are covered.

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