- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I got a call from a recruiter that contacted me two weeks ago that the company he set me up to interview with is preparing to make me an offer. It is for a buyer position, which is what my background is in and what i interviewed for. However, I was an apparel buyer and this would be a transition into buying chemicals. The job description says that the job is stressful and hectic, which I’m used to in a purchasing department, however i don’t want to take it if the right things aren’t offered, such as: at least 50K salary, paid time off, health benefits, maternity leave for the future, 401k, 9-5 work hours, etc. For some people the biggest motivator is a job well done, for me, it’s cash and benefits.
However, when i interviewed, I did expressed the fact that I value a work-life balance. I give 200% at work but once the day is done , I’m outta there and I focus on my life. Same for weekends. I quit my last job because there was none of this work life balance and it stressed me out so bad it just wasn’t worth it. It took that anxiety and breakdown for me to learn at 26 that I need to step away from work once the day is done. When I said this it seemed to me like they may have brushed it off a little and I wasn’t sure I understood whether there was an overtime component to the job.
I really enjoyed meeting the team at this company and it sounds like a great opportunity but i don’t want to take it unless I’m sure that I will be working a strict 9-5 schedule, it’s that important to me. When this company presents me with a package (hopefully by tomorrow) is it too late to ask questions? Can I ask what the work hours are and whether people pull overtime often? Can I ask what the company’s stance is on supporting a masters degree if it helps me advance in my job? If they offer me 48K, can I negotiate to 50K (I told them my range was 45K to 55K and my last job was at 47K)? Or is it too late to ask all of these questions once the interview stage is over and the offer is presented? I just really want to make sure this is a good fit.