Before accepting any job offer, you must first consider the different factors involved in your search by analyzing various aspects and expectations of your potential employer. In order to do this, you have to first reassess your needs as the job seeker and approach your job search with a more reasonable strategy that works best for you and your potential employer.
- Manager: Ask the hiring manager during the initial interview how he/she delegates and distributes duties amongst the employees and ask if there is a 30 day probationary period and what is expected of all employees. Be sure to take good mental notes and ask yourself if your potential manager’s expectations are reasonable or if there is unnecessary pressure or an unusually low tolerance for failure. Also be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you will be able to exceed this prospective manager’s standards and comply with all rules and guidelines?
- Peers: Be sure to ask how many people you are expected to work with. You want to also explain your reasons as to why you feel that contributing to a team based environment is so important. Do a self evaluation and think of all your previous work relationships and ask yourself, are there any areas that you have to address or improve? Ask yourself, in what ways can I not only be a benefit to the company and the manager, but also how can I build relationships with my colleagues as well?
- Subordinates: Be sure to get a clear understanding of exactly what’s expected of you. It’s also important that you inquire about the overall performance and evaluation of all employees who may be working under your leadership. After you have been given an overview of your team, ask yourself if you will be able to successfully lead and manage your potential employees.
The Company Itself:
- Core Values: A company with Core Values is one that incorporates principles and ideals that will not just benefit you as the employee, but the company’s customer base and potential prospects as well. You will find more often then not that most people want to be apart of a Company that is already established; one that places emphasis on the importance of ethics and values. But when you are working for a company that expects you to live up to a standard that does not exist, a red flag should immediately go up.Ask the company if they have sound core values from which they govern their company employees and based off of their answer, you should be able to determine if this company is the best choice for you.
- The Leadership:It’s important that you are familiar with your leadership as well as your “chain of command” (if you are expected to answer to more then one person). Show interest in your leader’s employment background as well as their longevity and recent accolades pertaining to their current management position.
- The Industry:Be sure to research the actual field that you are working in or all industry related news forecasting; current and historical facts about the industry so that you can have a better idea of what to expect in the future. You have to be able to determine if you are taking a risk on something that may not show long-term potential and also ask yourself if you are willing to still be affiliated with this company in the event that the Industry experiences an unfortunate collapse.
- Base Pay: If you feel as if you are not being offered reasonable compensation either negotiate the pay or, providing that you can meet the expense, politely reject the offer. Before accepting any salary or hourly rate, remember everything is negotiable and when offered the opportunity to discuss your pay, always know that your compensation can only remain unfixed for so long. This is why it’s always better to mention your concerns in regards to the pay earlier on rather then 3 or 4 months down the line. You also want to be sure that the pay that your employer is offering will at least match whatever you were earning at your previous job.
- Growth Opportunities: Be sure to ask if there are any opportunities for growth within the company. Also ask how often managers expect employees to advance to each level. Ask if there are any incentives for promotional growth opportunities as well? You also want to market yourself by expressing your interest as well as qualifications, which may also better your chances of being considered for a promotion in the future.