While it might seem flattering to get a job offer immediately after an interview, you should remain a little sceptical when a company makes an offer right away. Lindsay Olson, writing for US News, suggests you do a little digging before you say yes if an employer wants to hire you fast.
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As much as you’d love to shorten the agonizing waiting period that follows the interview, you have to scratch your head when a hiring manager offers you the job at the end of a 20-minute interview. Were you the only person they interviewed? Did she decide she’d hire you before you even came in? Why is she so desperate to close the deal right now? Tell her you’ll think about the offer, then go home and do all the digging you can to figure out if there’s something you should know about this company’s desperation.
A quick request to hire doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the job. Just because a company wants you fast doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work there. The last two jobs I’ve had (including this one) came from hires in the interview, but I didn’t start working immediately or find any reason for desperation. Plus, I always looked into places I wanted to work in advance so I knew who I was talking to. Sometimes things just click and you go with your gut. That said, if you don’t know the company who wants to hire you too well and they want you immediately, get at least 24 hours to check things out. If the job disappears after a day, you probably shouldn’t have taken it anyway.