In our previous blog we discussed several signs that indicate that you might be in the wrong job. And you most probably don’t wish to find yourself contemplating over the same reasons once you land in a new job, right? Therefore, in this blog we share some key aspects to consider when evaluating a job opportunity.
1. Workplace culture
In its Mission & Culture Survey of 2019, Glassdoor found that professionals consider the workplace culture over salary when evaluating new jobs. And this is surely a good thing as, several studies show that a lack of cultural fit lays at the core of most job mismatches.
But what is workplace culture? A company culture is shaped by the company’s core values, mission and vision (we will elaborate on them below). In daily life, it’s the environment you’ll be surrounded by if you decide to join a company. It’s the sum of the kind of people you will be working with (their beliefs, attitude, etc.) and the way they work together (leadership style, office politics, collaboration, etc.).
2. Company’s mission, vision, and values
“What does the company do?”, “Who do they do it for?”, “Where are they headed?”, “What do they stand for?”, “What do they value more?”…It is crucial to understand the company’s DNA and ask yourself the question whether the company’s DNA matches your own.
You will be most passionate about your work when your personal and professional beliefs & goals align with that of the company. For instance, if your new job is at a company where top management receive exorbitant bonuses while government support was received during a pandemic, it will most likely not fit with your value system, making you feel less comfortable working for them. On the contrary, if your work adds to a company’s mission of bettering people’s lives, you’ll feel a sense of purpose at that job.
So, if work culture is shaped by the sum of the people you will be working with, it is a very logical thing to meet as many of your future team members as possible. Your peers can tell you all about group dynamics, leadership style of your future manager and their owns reasons for joining the company.
Also take a look up, who are you dealing with from a managerial / leadership point of view? What do you appreciate in a leader and, from what you see and are able to assess, does your future manager has the competences and experience you are looking for? Don’t forget to look outside the immediate hierarchy—in case of change in management, would you be happy with new leadership?
4. Growth opportunities
First, ‘growth’ is definitely not the same for all professionals and it surely does not mean going as high as possible as fast as possible. Growing can also mean moving into a more coaching role, developing yourself in a certain area, growing on a personal level or pursuing a certification or study. Whatever your ambition is, make sure the company offers you the growth opportunities that matches your ambitions.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions like : ‘What will I learn from seniors in the team or the projects you run at your company’? Or ‘ Does your company promote active learning by providing access to resources for free? ‘
Finding answers to such questions either by researching the company or asking them during the interview will help you decide your future.
We — more than anyone — understand the importance of finding a job that really fits you. You can say it’s our job to understand it! And doing our job has taught us that a good job opportunity goes beyond a good salary or a great company name. You’ll love your job only if you:
- like the workplace culture,
- agree with the company’s vision,
- are passionate about their business values
- and can see yourself growing with them.
While finding yourself monetarily & emotionally happy working with them.
What has your experience taught you about evaluating a new job opportunity?
Ilona and Selvi