From the application process, to the initial phone screen, to multiple meetings with hiring managers, receiving a job offer is an accomplishment to celebrate! But all too often, job offers are accepted out of the excitement of a new opportunity without truly taking into consideration whether the position is a mutually beneficial fit for both the employer and employee.
Last year, only 51% of employees said they could see themselves having long careers at their companies. - Gartner, Inc
Not only can hastily accepting a job offer lead to an unfulfilling career path, it often results in low productivity, low engagement, and a high turnover, which works against both the company and the employee.
If you’re in the midst of a job search or the hiring process, here’s what you need to do to ensure you won’t end up regretting your decision.
Ask Thoughtful Questions
The interview process most often ends with an opportunity for you to ask questions about the position and company. Do your research and prepare to ask thoughtful questions that will not only show your genuine interest in the short-term and long-term requirements of the job, but will give you more insight into whether it’s a strong fit for your career goals.
Consider Long-Term Goals
It’s important to keep in mind that the company wants to ensure you and the job you’re interviewing for are a good long-term fit. Begin by asking yourself if the position provides you the opportunity to advance professionally and whether or not the company culture and mission align with your personal goals. When offered the chance to ask questions at the end of the interview, express your interest in the current opportunity but also ask the interviewer how you may be able to advance within the company.
Read Company Reviews Online
Job descriptions are written to appeal to the strongest candidate for that role and designed to convey the job and company in the most positive way possible. Never skim a job description; always read them in detail from beginning to end. If the daily tasks, company culture and opportunity for professional development interest you, the next step is to do your own research on the company. Start by visiting their company website and doing a web search of their online reviews. Websites like Glassdoor.com offer insight from employees about company culture, the CEO and team, management styles, salaries per position, and the general work environment.
According to a Global Labor Market Survey in 2018, recent graduates and professionals just entering the workforce prioritize 2 things:
- Professional development (company training, continuing education and room for advancement)
- Flexibility (location independence and work-life balance)
Though times are rapidly changing with technology, the number of companies beginning to adopt these practices are still the minority. When considering whether or not to accept a job offer or begin the interview process, don’t be hasty and always take your long-term career and education goals into consideration. The right opportunity that will match your skill set, provide the learning opportunities, and offer the lifestyle you’re working for does exist.
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