Evaluating Job Offers

Graduate Career Services

Evaluating Job Offers

There are many aspects to consider in your decision-making process once you receive an offer. It is critical to think about the factors important to you in a job and work environment and to weigh each factor based on your values and motivations.

Review the Evaluating Job Offers guide for more guidance on how to consider other factors beyond compensation.

An employment offer represents a very important decision for both you and the employer. When you receive an offer, there are many aspects to consider in your decision-making process. It is critical to think about what factors are important to you in a job and work environment, and to weigh each factor based on what you value most. When evaluating a job offer at a particular company, prioritize these factors. Once an offer has been accepted, click on the How to report your Job Offer document. 

USC Marshall Renege Policy

USC views any student reneging on a job offer as an extremely serious violation of policy. Acceptance of an offer, whether verbal or in writing, is considered binding, and it is never permissible to accept a job offer and later decline. If an offer is reneged upon by the student, the Graduate Career Services reserves the right to take appropriate action, including loss of all career services, including MCSO/SC Connect and interview access.

Reneging can severely damage your reputation, and can also have negative implications for the Marshall School of Business and USC’s relations with the employer and can affect opportunities for other Marshall students. You are encouraged to meet with a Graduate Career Services career advisor if you have any questions


Base salary is just one component that is included in employment offer packages. 

Other Factors Beyond Compensation

  • Work/life balance
  • Personal values
  • Level of responsibility, challenge and intensity
  • Team versus independent work environment
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Learning, helping and decision-making opportunities
  • Corporate culture and diversity in the work place
  • Physical environment and working conditions in the work place
  • Geographic location and travel opportunities

If necessary, arrange a phone call with the hiring recruiter to ask additional questions. When preparing questions about other position details that have not been addressed, consider the following:

  • Does the company clearly define your responsibilities in the job description?
  • Do you understand the reporting relationship and organizational structure?
  • With whom will you be working?
  • Have you met your team members?
  • What else do you need to know to evaluate if the culture is a good fit?
  • Given the company’s financial performance, are you taking any short-term or long-term risks in accepting the position?
  • What formal, informal, on the job or external training does the company provide?
  • When and how does the company evaluate and reward performance?
  • When are typical raises and bonuses for employees at your level?
  • When is the starting date?
  • When and how does the company provide relocation assistance?
  • Do you understand the benefits package, which can add another 30 to 40 percent to your compensation?

Graduate Career Services Policies and Guidelines

The Graduate Career Services Center seeks to maintain and enhance the reputation of the Marshall School of Business School and University of Southern California with our corporate partners and the community at large and ask our students to abide by recruiting policies and guidelines for professional conduct and Anti-Discrimination Policy.