Are your Values and Beliefs Aligned?
Consider the industry, the organization, or the company and their overall corporate vision and business goals before you accept that job offer. What is the public opinion of that company or the industry you are about to enter? Is your long term career goal in line with the business activities this potential employer displays?
This personal and career evaluation may appear simplistic; however if the company or organization is at significant odds with your own personal beliefs and values, you may want to consider the on the job workplace conflicts that may arise. For example, let’s say you were offered an accounting job with a company that produces cigarettes and other tobacco products. If you have a strong negative view of these products that may complicate your professionalism on the job, you may want to reconsider the job offer.
You will experience excitement about a job offer, but if you are not sure about what the company represents, or their public position and values you may want to do a bit more research before you accept that job offer. After a long job search it may be tempting to compromise your values and beliefs so you can start working again. You can ignore the differences for a while, but major differences in your values and beliefs will inevitability lead to a work place conflict, which may impact your overall career development.