Some jobs are more trouble than they’re worth. You’ll get in there and only work a ridiculously short time because the hiring manager is awful or the job is a horrible match for you. How can you tell if a job will be worth investing your time and effort in before trying it out? We’ll go over tips to use before you apply and during the job interview.

How To Tell If A Job Is Right For You Before Applying

Doing a little research before applying to a job can save you from personalizing a resume to suit a particular job, going to job interviews, or getting started at a job you won’t like.

Research the business online.

Visit their website, particularly any company culture, career, and about us pages.
Run a search for them on Glassdoor.
Check out their LinkedIn page and look into who is working there.
Look for online customer reviews for a potential glimpse into what it would be like to work there.

The company’s corporate culture and professionalism should be evident on their site, either because of content on a specially-made corporate culture page or because of what you can glean from how they present themselves in their overall website content. What are your impressions?

Glassdoor provides past and current employee reviews of businesses, and LinkedIn gives you a chance to see what current employees are like.

Customer reviews are not the most obvious or direct indicators of a business’ culture and policies unless you see the same complaints coming up too frequently. If customers keep complaining about the same thing, the business may have a serious problem they need to work on or you will at least know what kind of customer complaints you’ll often be dealing with. Can you live with it?

If you can visit the business, notice:

What the business wants to look like.
How the employee areas you can see are laid out.
How the employees act.
If there are visible issues with the building or service.
If you like, feel comfortable around, or get a professional vibe from the people you see working there.
Can you see/find the manager or owner? What are they like?

The building’s appearance, style, and state of repair tell you both what the business’ culture and atmosphere is like and how well the business is run. You may also be able to spot potential issues with interpersonal dealings and policies by watching the employees and managers. It is also quite possible to rule out a business because you can already see a situation inherent in the job description or building’s layout that is impossible for you to deal with. Small and crowded working spaces, high turnovers, too friendly staff, reserved staff, incompatible dress codes, and unpleasant managers are all things you might easily discover from a visit or two to your potential new workplace.

How To Determine During The Interview If A Job Is Right For You

Job interviews provide an opportunity for you and the hiring manager to discuss the likelihood of you and the business being a happy and productive match. I say happy because if you aren’t happy, your productivity is greatly affected or you won’t stay to be productive. Hiring managers know this, so your preferences and needs will be taken into some consideration.

During the job interview:

Consider your impressions of the hiring manager.
Notice the building and employees on the way to and from the interview.
Pay attention to what is implied about the company’s culture by the manager’s questions.
Ask questions to address any concerns you have.
Ask questions to determine how the company judges excellence.
Question them about why the position is open or what they are looking to gain by filling this position.

The hiring manager may ask you questions about your preferences regarding how you deal with the public, long work hours, early work hours, irregular schedules, and how you handle high stress situations. Sometimes they even ask questions that seem to be solely about your personality. Any of these questions could give you invaluable insight into the day-to-day operations of the business and their corporate culture.

Also, hiring managers want you to ask questions. It shows interest and gives them insight into your goals. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to discover more about the job. It is better for both of you to rule out issues that day rather than a week or a month later.

You know your strengths, weaknesses, needs, pet peeves, and most motivational situations better than anyone else. Do a little research into a business before applying and take full advantage of the job interview to determine if you should spend your time and effort on that job.


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