07 June 2016
Whether you’re considering one or multiple job offers, you should carefully evaluate the pros and cons before making your decision. This is something that is easier said than done with a majority of job seekers as they often make the mistake of relying too heavily on one aspect of an offer instead of considering the entire package. While higher compensation or unlimited vacation days can be enticing, for example, make sure you’re accepting an offer for the right reasons. To avoid making the mistake of overlooking certain facets of your next job offer, consider paying closer attention to the not so obvious signs that the company could be a great place to work: Their mission Before the first interview, you’ll want to prepare by thoroughly researching the company. In order to get a solid understanding of what it is the company actually aims to accomplish, pay close attention to their mission statement. Whether you’re considering working for a startup or a Fortune 500 company, gaining a clear understanding of a company’s mission can give you a better idea of how your particular role will help to push the company’s mission forward as well as guide the types of discussions and questions you may have at your interview. Company reputation There are a number of available resources that can give you an idea of how other employees, clients, and/or customers perceive your prospective employer. For example, sites like Glassdoor can be used to see everything from the compensation offered for certain roles to the types of questions you might encounter during an interview. Therefore, pay close attention to the positive and negative comments that will help you make an informed decision for yourself. Along the same lines, take a look at the company’s online presence. Has the company been featured in the news, experienced any major accomplishments, or won any prestigious awards? If a company has won a “Best Places to Work” award, for example, this is a good indication that your prospective employer is doing something right! Office environment If you’re strongly considering an offer, it is always a good idea to get a tour of the company before you accept. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the company culture and how you might fit into it. For instance, pay attention to the general layout of the company: is it ‘open door’ where employees can work collaboratively with each other and their managers, or are employees separated by personal cubicles? In addition, observe how employees are dressed and how they interact with each other. This may help you to determine whether the company would be a good fit for your personality. Benefits package While a high salary can be one reason to accept a job, make sure that you consider other areas that highlight how your prospective employer takes care of its employees. For example, medical insurance, retirement options, professional growth opportunities, flexible scheduling, or tuition reimbursement are just some of the other areas you should learn more about during the tail end of the interview process. Enthusiasm from interviewer(s) Your interviewer(s) can also help you to determine if this organization is somewhere you’d want to work. Asking probing questions about your interviewer’s experiences at the company is a great way to help you decide if you could have a similar experience. For example, asking what they enjoy most about their role or the company is one way to gauge your interviewers’ passion (or lack thereof) for their work. If your interviewer(s) are unable to answer questions along these lines quickly, this should raise some red flags about whether or not their responses are genuine and if in fact you’d enjoy working there.