Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, January 20, 2017
Congratulations on the impending job offer! I want to start by reminding you that it’s okay, and expected, to take your time reviewing your offer. You’ll likely receive some form of verbal offer first, followed by a written or electronic document offer. Once you have the documents, take your time and review everything! The best way to evaluate what will be in front of you is to think about what your needs are. What salary do you need and are you comfortable with? How much vacation do you think you’ll use? What are your healthcare needs? For example, are you someone who sees a doctor/dentist/optometrist only as needed or are you someone who requires frequent medical care? All of these things should be included in your offer, but it doesn’t mean the monetary value of them will be, if you’re saying you would like to look at what your total compensation package is worth. Your salary and total compensation are two very different things. For example, if you’re offered an $80k salary with health, dental, vision, PTO, and other fringe benefits, your total compensation might be $95k. Most times this total compensation number is dependent upon what elections you make in terms of health benefits (there are sometimes more than one option based on needs which then have different costs), what your company match is, if any, for retirement, etc. While I would encourage you to be thorough and take the value of benefits like these into consideration, again, determine what it is you want and need and work from there.