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Your resume is flawless, you aced the interview, and now you must decide which offer to accept. This may sound like a dream come true, but some candidates spend many sleepless nights trying to decide which institution is the right fit for them. If you have found yourself in this dilemma, use the worksheet below to help determine which position best suits your wants and needs.                         

Download the worksheet by clicking here.  

Instructions for completing the worksheet:

  • Step 1: First, assign each component a rank of 1–5 based on its level of importance (1 = not important, 5 = very important). Place the rank in the column titled “Rank” next to each component. If the component is not of value to you, you may choose to exclude it from your worksheet. Additional spots are available at the end of the worksheet for components that are of value to you, but not listed.

  • Step 2: Assign each of your offers a column in the worksheet.

  • Step 3: For each offer, assign the components a value of 1–5 based on their individual characteristics and place it in the “Value” column (1 = not desirable, 5 = very desirable). The worksheet will automatically multiply the value by the rank to calculate a total for that component. 
    Example: Location is very important to this candidate, so it is assigned a rank of 5. Offer 1 is located in an undesirable location, so it is assigned a value of 2. The total for this component is 10 (rank (5) x value (2)). Offer 2 is located in a more desirable location, so it is assigned a value of 4. The total for this component is 20 (rank (5) x (4)).

  • Step 4: After you have completed all of the components, check the totals at the bottom of the worksheet to see which offer best fits your needs.


Updated May 8, 2015