Before you get too excited there's something you need to remember: Just because you want this person for the job, doesn't mean they want you. When crafting your job offer, you have to make sure to give them every reason to say yes.
Since you have presumably dealt with this applicant for a while, you should have a pretty good idea of what it he/she wants. With that in mind, Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem, in their book "The Big Book of HR," present 10 issues that are most important to job seekers:
- Incentive compensation;
- Time off benefits;
- Flexible schedule;
- Opportunity for work/life balance;
- Health and other benefits;
- Ability to progress in the organization;
- Training and development opportunities; and,
- Availability of coaching and/or mentoring opportunities.
Finally, Mitchell and Gamlem suggest you include the following information in your job offer e-mail:
- State your enthusiasm for this candidate to join your firm;
- The start date for the job;
- Starting salary;
- Additional compensation, if applicable;
- Contingencies, such as the candidate's references must check out, or he/she must pass the drug screen;
- Benefits summary;
- Reporting relationships;
- Date when offer expires; and,
- Place for candidate to sign if he/she accepts.