Are you asking the right questions?
When you attend an interview, you are often so focused on getting the job, that you forget to ask the right questions.
The questions you should cover the following:
- Career development
- Promotion opportunities
- Long term security
- Working environment and team
- Why the person you are replacing moved on
Questions that give insight into how the company has reviewed and planned the recruitment are important. If you are a strategic thinker and/or considering career opportunities, you need to be sure that you are working for a company that takes the time to review, evaluate, plan and restructure during the recruitment process. If you value yourself and your work ethic you cannot afford to accept a casual attitude to recruitment, in any prospective employer.
Assuming the company has thought through why they are offering you the position, take the time to make sure that the company suits who you are, how you like to work etc. In order to make a positive contribution to the company you ideally need to be working to your strengths, utilizing your knowledge and experience, and most importantly deriving job-satisfaction from doing the work.
A poor work history as recorded in your CV can be tolerated for a short period of time but by your mid twenties you need to be demonstrating stability, with a track-record of making positive contributions.
Career development should not be hit-and-miss. Having established where you want to be in 5 years time, you must stick to the plan. This requires you to question the company before you accept the job. The name of the company may look good on the CV but is it going to give the training and career development you seek?
If there are training courses or up-skilling opportunities that interest you, then talk it through at the interview. It sends a clear message that you are thinking about your career, (not just the job) and that you will seek to grow in the position. Companies generally like to employ people with an open, honest attitude; keen to learn and grow.
Be sure that all the resources and equipment required to do the job are available. You cannot excel if you are limited in how you can fulfill your duties and responsibilities.
Be sure that your people skills are adequate for the role. It may be possible to meet the people you will be working with or the managers you will have a functional relationship with. No matter how good the job looks, in the long run the people you work with and for, will be instrumental in how successfully you can fulfill the role.
All companies go through a business cycle. If security is important to you, you need to know the long term direction and strength of the company. There is no benefit in securing a role, only to be made redundant in 6 months time.
Always take into account any economic factors. At the time of writing this article, the housing market is experiencing a downturn, and the construction industry is also slowing. The flow-on effect is that there will probably be further contractions within the industry. To move into the industry during a downward phase of the cycle may not be a good idea, unless you have a clearly-defined and proven career plan and path.
At CornerStone Recruitment we only advertise positions that have been discussed in depth with the company. We know the answers to the question that you should be asking. Take the time to talk to our consultants.
Or contact Ruth Stowers on 634 0574 and she will ensure you talk to the right person.