An important part of finding a new job is determining not only whether you are the right person for a particular company, but whether a particular company is the right fit for you. The problem is, of course, how do you find this out?
Firstly, there are a number of questions that you should try to find answers to. In any final interview the better prepared that you are the more your liklihood is of actually landing that job. Likewise, when it comes to decision time, you want to be sure you are making the correct choice for your future.
Questions like how long has the company been in business? What is it like to work there? How successful has the company been and what are the prospects looking like for the future? All though some of these can be answered within the interview process, for a fair indication of how the culture is and exactly what it is like to work at a company you need to look much more deeply.
Here are several ways you can find out more about a potential employer and hopefully answer these important questions.
1./ Research via internet.
The internet is a powerful tool – Start by checking out the company’s website, their history and then any news articles or other things which may come up via a Google search.
2./ Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Social Media
Check out the company’s Facebook page and, if you are on Linkedin, try and find out what you can there as well. If you’re not on Linkedin, get on it.
3./ Try to find someone that works there.
Nothing like getting the low down directly from someone that works for the company in question.
4/ Rate My Company types of sites
Sites that allow employees to anonymously rate their employers are becoming more and more popular. Have a look at the rating sites in your area.
United States – Jobitorial
NZ – Rate My Company
Canada – Rate My Employer
Europe – Rate My Firm
Although these sites show only certain peoples’ perspectives, they can help you make an informed decision.
Remember, you could be working for this company for the next 20 years. You owe it to yourself to find out as much as you reasonably can before signing on the dotted line.
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