Being nervous about going to job interviews and thrilled to receive the employment letter from your future employer? Well.. these are the steps of getting a new job. We all know that, right?
While the best parts of finding a job are accepting the offer and signing the contract, how do you know the role is right for you? Well, before considering a job, it’s important to learn about your prospective employer.
In this guide, we talk about why it’s crucial to evaluate your future employer, how you can do it, and how to interpret all the information you gathered.
Why should you evaluate your future employer?
By assessing your future employer, you’ll figure out if the open role fits your skills, expectations, and career development path. This way, you’ll be able to make a conscious and informed decision about your next professional step and find yourself in a better-tailored and more satisfactory working environment.
2 smart ways to assess your future employer
A 360 evaluation process
Some organizations conduct a 360 performance review where managers receive collective feedback regarding their team’s performance from various stakeholders. The goal of such a review is to understand how different client groups perceive the team and individual team members so that potential improvements can be considered and implemented.
Ask questions during the interview
An interview isn’t just to decide if the candidate is right for the position, but also for the job seeker to find out if the position is right for them. That’s why, at the end of every interview, the inevitable question of “Do you have any questions?” comes. Therefore, be prepared with a few questions for your future employer.
You want to find out as much as you can about the role, future growth opportunities, the team, and the interviewer. Here are some examples:
- What are the most important skills needed to be successful in this position?
- The biggest challenges of this position?
- Can you tell me about the company’s culture?
- What does a typical day look like?
- Does this position offer ongoing training?
- Will this role’s responsibilities change three months from now?
- Is there room for growth?
- Can you tell me about the people I’d be working with?
- What do you like most about working at this company?
Follow the advice above to evaluate your future employer and take one step at a time. Don’t let stress overwhelm you and stop being worried about what to include in your CV. Reedact is here to help you build a one-page CV to show your know-how and stand out from the crowd!
How to interpret the information you gain
How about we flip the logic we just discussed and consider the company research a ‘360 evaluation process’? Here’s how to do that.
What the company has to say
1. Visit the company’s website.
Familiarize yourself with its activity, strategy, and Employer Value Proposition (EVP). Make sure you are aligned with the products and services that the organization offers and understand the employer’s intentions and proposition. Check if the company culture and values match your own or look into the corporate social responsibility (CSR) and charity activities, review the press releases and scan through available reports.
2. Social Media.
Get familiar with the company’s profiles on social media sites, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram. Depending on the activity area and maturity of an organization, various social media channels will be activated, including the less commonly known specialist sites. Organizations will typically share their information regarding ‘daily’ life in the organization, such as events the company takes part in, the release of the upcoming products and employee testimonials. This makes it more tangible for you to understand how your typical day at work could look like.
What the employees say
1. Visit a website that provides company reviews.
It’s beneficial to conduct research and analyze the information available on official channels with first-hand feedback from current or former employees. Visit sites like Glassdoor and Monster or have a look at conversations taking place on the company’s Facebook page. These pieces of information will help you understand how the employees perceive the organization “from the inside”.
2. Engage with your network.
More often than not, someone in your network works, used to work, or knows someone who worked for the organization you’re applying to. Don’t be shy and reach out to those individuals. You might be able to collect some valuable feedback there as well.
What the customers say
Depending on a product or service that the company provides, it’s worth checking what customers are saying about the company and how satisfied they are with the service. You can understand a lot about how the organization manages its employees based on how it approaches its customers.
Have a look at Google or Facebook reviews, check customer testimonials available on the company’s website and you may be able to take a sneak peek into your future working place.
What others say
There are multiple institutes and organizations which recognize and award companies for their working conditions, ethical values, or corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities.
Have a look at the awards and accreditations your potential future employer holds and verify if these are in line with your personal values and beliefs.
For example, the awards and accreditations may concern:
- excellent working conditions and development opportunities (e.g. Top Employer, Employer of Choice, Great Place to Work);
- diversity & inclusion awards (e.g. The Inclusive Companies Awards);
- equality awards (e.g. White Ribbon);
- CSR awards (e.g. The International CSR Excellence Award).