Before You Accept Another Job Offer, Ask These 7 Questions

February 10, 2022

Earlier this week, job-hopping was a conversation that trended on Twitter. While valid points were raised on the importance of long-term building in an organisation, the comment section also highlighted the unexpected reality that influences the cycle of switching jobs.

So, with all that was said about the difficult working conditions in organisations, what are the questions you should ask as a Nigerian before you accept a job offer and switch jobs? Read on.

1. Werey dey disguise?

Is the job description the one you applied for? Don’t go and apply to be a data analyst and be helping oga buy amala every morning. That’s all I’ll say. 

2. Will you eat exposure?

Before you move, ask yourself if the money is worth it. Exposure is great, but you can see that the price of sardine is never coming down. You can kuku see the fuel scarcity happening now so try to negotiate for at least a 10% jump before you move dear.  

3. Will you be rolling with the big boys?

There’s “exposure” that exposes you to nonsense and there’s exposure that takes your portfolio to the next level. Be sure about which one the company guarantees. If there is no significant increase in your salary, will you at least get to work with the big boys of the industry?  And will you gain value from it?

4. Are your village people operating there too?

Sometimes, the village people are the ones that have refused to retire. Start off with checking social media for the profiles of your potential colleagues. If any of them have spent five to ten years in the same position without any sign of moving forward, run oh. 

5. Will their workload send you to an early grave?

In other words, will you be a camel or a team member? Ask about the capacity of the organisation and dig into the number of people in each department. Jesus already died; nobody should come and kill you.

6. Are you re-applying to be a slave?

I know we’re all slaves to capitalism, but there are also levels to this slavery thing. Ask about the working hours and the compensation structure for overtime work. If you’re feeling jiggy, you can tell them you’d like to start your own week on Tuesday. 

7. Is it the ghetto?

Don’t allow, “We have a vibrant working environment,” to deceive you. Shine your eyes because people have worked in the trenches in this country. To avoid stories that touch, ask if there are facilities like a standby generator and WI-FI to work.

Hopefully, after asking these seven questions, you’ll be able to avoid moving from frying pan to fire in this dungeon we call capitalism.

Goodluck.

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