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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Job

Job offers come with so many emotions. You’re excited, happy, and—likely—quite relieved. This relief, while so very sweet after a long job search, can actually be kind of dangerous. You don’t want to let your desire to be done with the whole process prevent you from asking yourself some important questions about the job.

Hopefully, you’ll answer yes to all eight of these questions with ease, but if not, take the time to explore why that might be. It may not be a deal breaker, but it’s still good to know where this new job stands on all these fronts before you decide to take it (or not).

1. Am I Comfortable With This Job—and Do I Actually Want to Do It?

Review your day-to-day responsibilities, and see if there is there anything you just don’t feel good about. You can obviously do the job skill-wise—it’s about whether you want to or not.

2. Is This Position Interesting and Challenging?

Make sure you’re not only able to do the job, you also find it difficult (in a good way) at times. Otherwise you’ll probably lose interest a lot faster than you think.

3. Do I Like My Boss and Co-workers?

Ideally, you’ll have competent, fun, and thoughtful colleagues. But one thing you might feel guilty about thinking about is whether you actually like them. Is this a group of people you can feel at home around?

4. Is the Work Environment Somewhere I Can Be Productive?

In other words, is the office space a place that helps you stay focused and happy? And, do you have the resources necessary for success?

5. Does This Job Allow for the Lifestyle I Want?

Is your commute awful? Do the hours freak you out? Is the vacation package paltry? More importantly, does the job pay well enough (or at least eventually pay well enough) for you to afford a lifestyle that makes you happy?

6. Will I Feel Professionally Satisfied?

This is evaluated differently for everyone—so it might make sense to think about or clarify your career values before answering—but consider whether your position allows you to create value for the company and if the company in turn invests in your professional development.

7. Is This a Company I’ll Be Proud to Work At?

Having pride for the work your company does is one of the intangible things that can make a surprising difference in how much you end up liking your job.

8. Does This Job Fit Into My Career Narrative?

In other words, is this a short-term or long-term career move? Does this new position allow you to work toward a professional goal?

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Week of April 20th

How to Experience and Test Career Options

Tuesday, April 21st, 9-10am - Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room

This workshop is specifically for freshmen and sophomores.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Interest Meeting

Wednesday, April 22nd, 4-5pm - Campus Center, Room 159

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading voice for student affairs professionals.

BookKeeping Express (BKE) Information Session

Thursday, April 23rd, 5-6:30pm - Cohen Career Center, Presentation Room

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Looking for employment for the Summer or next Fall? The Cohen Career Center is currently hiring for three new positions. Eligibility for Work-Study Employment is a plus. Please see TribeCareers for more information. The deadline for all applications is TODAY, April 20th.


Our Summer Student Assistant will be responsible for assisting with a variety of office activities including employer relations, alumni services, internships/externships, special events, programs and projects.

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Quick Questions with Executive Partners

All semester long, some of William & Mary's Executive Partners will be conducting "Quick Questions" walk-in hours in the Career Center Atrium. These real-world professionals have unique experience and knowledge to help you with your resume, cover letter, and more.

Monday & Thursday 1-4pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 3-5pm

Friday 9am-12pm

If you’d like to schedule an informational interview with an EP from a particular career field, or schedule a mock interview, fill out this form. Allow up to 5 business days for a response.