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Post-offer pointers

Congratulations, you've been offered a new job! While the bulk of the hard work of applying and interviewing is behind you, a few crucial steps remain before everything is signed and sealed.

You probably need some time to think through the offer before going back to the company. Remain enthusiastic and thank them for the opportunity. Make sure to ask when the company needs a decision by - you should be given at least 24 hours to think over an offer - and ask for a written copy of the offer outlining the details and benefits package.

If you have questions about the package, prioritise them and get clarity from the company. A word of caution here - this conversation should happen over the phone or in person, as e-mails can appear more demanding than you'd think. If an employer sees an e-mail with a list of questions, they may seem like demands and it could put them off.

In addition to the numbers and figures, try to find out more about the role. Make sure you know who you will report to, as supervisors can make or break a job. Find out how you fit into the structure and ask if there are any projects they have in mind for you.

There is nothing wrong with negotiating aspects of the package, but you should avoid surprising the employer with a request that is out of tune with what the industry provides, or with what you have indicated to date during any interviews. Once you are happy with the offer, agree to things verbally and sign the new contract before relocating or resigning from your current job.

Walter Ellicott, managing director, Ellicott Long Limited, recruiting professionals for the property and construction industries in Asia