After many attempts and many doors in your face, the day finally arrives when you receive the long-awaited phone call or email that certifies the success of the last job interview and you get the new job. In that memorable moment, the joy and satisfaction of having made it fill every void and every professional disappointment.
The adrenaline rises and the desire to start immediately takes over. Often the novelty is the element that gives the most oomph ever, especially after periods of stalemate. If you got the job, it’s because you hit the mark, so self-esteem also gains new life. This moment is very important because it marks a new path, a new chapter, and, why not, a new life. It is the happy ending after so much effort and so much effort. It also represents the result of careful research, an unprecedented achievement, a small goal.
Right from here, we start again and a new adventure begins. After the euphoria of the moment, the first doubts and fears related to the professional environment arise, the hope of being up to it, and the fear of disappointing expectations. Insecurity is a human characteristic, we must not put it aside and pretend as if it didn’t exist. The news brings joy and at the same time fear: it is an extremely understandable and common combination.
To keep the situation under control and grasp all the positive aspects of the new job, it is advisable to behave strategically, minimizing the risk of making mistakes even before starting.
Take some time
You’ve waited a long time (recruitment processes usually take several weeks) and now stalling seems counterintuitive, but it doesn’t. Before finally accepting the job offer, it is right to take some time and make the necessary assessments. The first question to ask yourself is whether this is really the job you want to do.
We must also consider whether the company in question is the one in which we hope to grow. When you apply (unsuccessfully) to a series of offers, you tend to become less and less selective. It may happen that the place offered may be the less convincing one. Take a few days and think about it, especially if you are waiting for more feedback.
Reschedule your days before starting your new job
Drastic changes are not good for the mind and it can be hard to accept. In the days you have left before starting your new job, reschedule your days, mentally organize your commitments and fit them as well as a puzzle. The reduction of the time you will have available will not prevent you from continuing to dedicate yourself to the activities you have always done: you just need to make your time more efficient.
Don’t see work as a form of extreme sacrifice or repression. This vision will help you face this important moment more lightly. Starting with anxiety and stress is not the best way to appreciate a new job opportunity.
Ask all necessary questions
The recruiters have determined that you are the right person for the company, now it’s your turn. It’s time to ask all the necessary questions, don’t be afraid to be petulant or annoying. Usually asking questions also shows curiosity and interest, elements well regarded by those who will work with you.
On the other hand, you are about to take an important step, it is completely understandable to have doubts to clarify. In particular, you need to feel confident about the job that has been offered to you and you need to understand if it is the right one, destined to give you satisfaction and gratification. If you feel a certain impatience on the other side, do not immediately believe that you have asked too many questions.
No sufficiently serious and well-prepared recruiter can be impatient when faced with the questions of someone who is about to make such an important decision.
Before proceeding with the signing of the contract it is essential to read each line and pay the utmost attention to what is offered. Be more than vigilant because the piece of paper that is about to bind you to the company could hide some clause not verbally declared. Make sure that the salary is what you were guaranteed during the job interview, that you will be hired to fill a predetermined position and that you will work a certain number of hours a day.
Also, pay attention to the company policy: what is the procedure adopted by the company concerning overtime, business travel, holidays, insurance, or benefits? Do not neglect anything, even if you feel euphoric and can’t wait to start. If any of the steps are obscure, immediately seek help from a lawyer, employment consultant, or a particularly experienced friend.
If something doesn’t convince you, you’re still in a position to negotiate. Start the negotiation peacefully and strive to reach a reasonable and transparent agreement for both parties.