Finding a job these days is possibly more difficult than ever. Competition is rife, vacancies are scarce and funding is often low.
In our desperation to secure work, we therefore tend to feel obliged to accept the first job on offer.
It’s an understandable temptation, but one we should certainly try to resist if we want to feel confident about taking on a job that is just right.
Many a position may seem appropriate at first glance, but gaining a glimpse into the company culture is highly recommended for a real taste of what life might be like behind closed company doors.
This can be as simple as talking to staff, past or present, about the culture of the organisation or their personal experiences within it. It may seem off the wall to approach strangers in this manner, however, a casual chat to a receptionist or a call-out on social media about contacts familiar with the company in question can unearth a surprising amount of information.
Perhaps management is known for it’s unorthodox approaches. It could be that the company is in financial trouble or maybe they are thriving and at the top of their game. Knowing such information will contribute to an informed decision about whether you see yourself as part of the team.
You might find that online research reveals further helpful insight including the low down on company policies, staff profiles, business history, client relationships and reputation.
The frequency of staff turnover can be a significant indication of workplace contentment, security and stability where employees are concerned. Companies who are continually having to replace staff are to be avoided, as this generally infers that conditions are not favourable.
What some candidates tend to forget is the opportunity the job interview presents. It is a two-way street after all, where questions should be asked from both sides. It is the perfect time to find out more specific company and team details that otherwise may not be apparent.
Remember – the position needs to be sold to you as much as you need to be sold to the position.