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