New job of­fer looks great — but how can I be sure I’m go­ing to the right com­pany?

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - David O’reilly

HAVE been of­fered a new job. On the face of it the com­pany look like a great em­ployer but how can I be sure I am mak­ing the right choice? with con­trols, struc­ture and power within the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Get­ting this in­sight into “how we do things around here” will help form your own opin­ions and ex­pec­ta­tions and bet­ter in­form you of where you will fit within the op­er­a­tion.

Also, look around the of­fice while you’re there. The space it­self may give you some clues about the cul­ture. Is it or­derly or dis­or­derly? Is it a quiet at­mos­phere or a more jovial one? There are no right an­swers, of course. You’re just look­ing for a cul­ture that will fit what you want.

Check out the com­pany’s on­line pres­ence, not just their web­site but also their so­cial me­dia, what are they in the news about and what pub­lished plans do they have for the fu­ture. While in­ter­views can tell both par­ties quite a lot about each other, it is only when peo­ple work to­gether that the re­al­ity of each other’s po­si­tion be­comes ap­par­ent. If pos­si­ble, ask the em­ployer would they be will­ing to let you at­tend work for a day at their busi­ness. There are huge ben­e­fits here for the em­ployer also, as re­cruit­ing some­one who is not a good fit can be quite costly to the busi­ness and to the rep­u­ta­tion of the in­ter­view­ers.

Be a lis­tener. Your new col­leagues have their own in­sights and opin­ions on how the busi­ness op­er­ates. In gen­eral, col­leagues tend to be sup­port­ive of new starters, and you should ask plenty of ques­tions so that you can fa­mil­iarise your­self with the peo­ple and the busi­ness as soon as pos­si­ble.

Main­tain a fo­cus on your own per­for­mance and don’t be dis­tracted by oth­ers. As a new starter, you may not al­ways be aware of col­league’s mo­tives. Be hun­gry to learn new skills and im­part your own knowl­edge when the op­por­tu­nity arises.

Most im­por­tantly, be on time and work to the em­ploy­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions. Main­tain­ing struc­ture re­lieves stress. Take your time to adapt to your new sur­round­ings and give the peo­ple and the busi­ness time to learn how to work with you.

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