Is The Company a Right Match for You?
Choosing the right company to work for can be a challenging task but considering the following factors, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your values, goals, and career aspirations:
Research the company’s values, mission, and culture to ensure it aligns with your own. Look for a culture that promotes collaboration, innovation, and growth. You can get a good understanding of a company’s culture by looking at the company’s website and social media platforms.
Professional Development Opportunities:
Look for a company that offers opportunities for skill development, training, and career advancement.
Management style is more than the stereotypical hands off or micromanagement. It is how communication is given, how direction is distributed, how decisions are made, how problems are tackled, and how victories are achieved and recognized. It is essential to spend some time to decide what style you prefer prior to the interview. When interviewing with a potential supervisor, ask them to define their management style using the aforementioned areas.
Salary doesn’t always tell the whole story when considering an offer. Consider the company’s entire compensation offerings. These include bonuses, health insurance, retirement plans, holiday/vacation time, and the salary. Insurance plan and contribution amounts can be vastly different between different companies. Make sure to calculate the total out of pocked contribution cost between plan and pay attention to co-pays and deductible amounts. Everything adds up or deducts from total compensation
Look for a company that values work-life balance and offers flexibility in terms of hours and remote work. With remote work becoming the norm, ask about the expectation around communication, and availability. Companies may say they are flexible on work hours but have an issue with team members that aren’t available for calls/meetings or delayed responses to messages. Ask about this during the interview process. Knowing what the expectation are will help you make a informed decision.
Location and Commute:
Consider the company’s location and commute time, and make sure it is a place you can see yourself working at regularly. Consider how many days you would be working in the office. Is parking provided, or would it be an additional expense. The max time people are willing to commute varies from person to person, so choose the commute time that you are most comfortable with.
Reputation and Industry standing
Research the company’s reputation and standing in the industry and check for any negative press or legal issues. Look for articles in the local business journal or other news outlets. Look on LinkedIn to see if there is someone you know who is currently working there. Reach out to get their perspective.
Look for employee testimonials and reviews on sites like Glassdoor to get a sense of what it’s like to work at the company. Make sure to dig further than just a company’s overall score. Look at the review and decide if they are valid. By reading both the good and negative reviews you will get a general sense if the feedback is valid.
Align with Your Personal and Career Goals:
Make sure that the company’s mission, values, and goals align with your personal and career aspirations. Don’t wait for the “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” question in the interview. Take time to decide what is important to you prior to the interview. Too often candidate will mold their responses to that question around how they want to be perceived by the interviewer. Ultimately, they may land the job but soon realize it does not line-up with their goals and aspirations.
Ultimately, it’s important to conduct thorough research and to have a clear understanding of what you’re looking for in a company before making a decision. It’s also important to remember that even the most perfect company may not be a good fit for you and vice versa. If you currently looking to for a new job Adaptive Solutions Group is a staffing agency that works with many reputable companies. For more information visit our website to see how we can assist you in your job search.