I've had a few emails from job seekers who want to know how to follow up on a job offer. My answer is pretty much what my mother would say, "Send a thank you note."
How to Follow Up on a Job Offer
I got an email from Margaret, a job seeker who needed to know how to follow up on a job offer that was made during a job interview. The offer wasn't in writing so she was concerned when she didn't hear any more about it after the interview. Here is Margaret's question:
I got a verbal job offer a week ago; we never discussed the salary or the benefits. The man in charge said I will hear from the human resource department. I haven't heard from him. What should I do?
A Thank You Note Can Do the Job
Did you accept the job offer during the interview? I'm curious why the topic of salary and benefits never came up along with the offer. That would have been the best time to talk money.
I suggest you send a polite thank you note to the hiring manager in which you accept the job offer and say that you would like a chance to talk about salary. You might ask if there's someone in Human Resources you should contact to move things along. Maybe a short note like this:
Dear Mr. _______,
It was a pleasure to meet you last week, and I want to thank you for offering me the job as _______ (job title). I am pleased to accept the job offer and I look forward to working with you on the _______ project we discussed.
Is there a time when you and I could discuss details such as salary and benefits? And is there someone in your Human Resources Department I should speak with to take care of the formal hiring process?
My time is very flexible and I can meet at your convenience.
Hopefully your written acceptance of the job offer will trigger a written job offer (or confirmation) from the manager. Good luck with your job search, Margaret!