The job market is tough – so, make sure you have brushed up on your interview skills before the first meeting. But remember that the interview is also your opportunity to find out more about your prospective employer, the prevailing company culture and your potential opportunities for advancement. So here are a few things to consider before you sign on the dotted line:
- High staff turnover
High staff turnover should be a red flag. If it becomes apparent that there an unusual number of resignations, try and do a it of research. Make use of platforms such as Linkedin and Facebook to see if you can identify why former employees have left.
You should take note of how an organisation is viewed by others in the industry. To establish what type of reputation a business has you can Google them. Remember your own reputation is linked to your employers, by association, so make sure you consider whether you want to be associated with the brand.
- Unprofessional behaviour
Observe the behaviour of the receptionist, PA and other employees to establish the values and ethics of an organisation. If they are friendly, open and helpful it is likely that the rest of the organisation’s staff would display t he same characteristics.
- Location, location, location
Proximity to your home or your children’s schools will impact on you. An extended commute or difficulty getting kids to and from school can impact your productivity and performance.
- Work ethic
Before you accept a job, you should try and find out how much overtime would be expected from you. If you have a family you may not be able to, or be prepared to, put in as much overtime as some of the others.
- Job satisfaction
Your job satisfaction could be influenced by how stimulating your daily tasks are. You will not enjoy your work if you are going to be bored.
Don’t be afraid to turn down a job that doesn’t meet your requirements. Rather upskill yourself and try and find a job in which you can grow and flourish.