Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job: Part 2
Emily Moore’s Glassdoor article “7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting A Job Offer” provides an individual with several reasonable questions that one should ponder prior to accepting a position.
We started analyzing the article last time, and the themes of foresight and research prior to acceptance seemed to ring throughout the article. Within the second part of our assessment these themes continue to be reinforced as Moore helps a job seeker critically analyze whether they should accept a position. Moore asks the job seeker:
Does the company strive to improve?
While this question can be difficult for a prospective employee to answer, it can be extremely informative in gauging whether a position is worth taking.
If a company constantly gets negative reviews in a certain aspect it would be fairly safe to assume that they are not working to fix this problem, therefore why would you want to join a company where the chances experiencing this problem is rather high.
Another question which Moore arms the seeker with is:
Will you have room for growth?
As prospective employees, we would like the opportunity to climb the ladder within a company. Usually individuals believe that a good job deserves a reward, whether a raise or promotion. Whether one can advance through the ranks of a company should be something that will motivate one to accept a position.
Moore’s next question is another which requires independent research and foresight.
How is the company actually doing financially?
There’s nothing worse than accepting a position, enjoying it and then being laid off within a year because the company has fallen on hard times. But most importantly, Moore’s final question is an internal one for consideration.
Do you really want the position?
Moore brings up a really astute point that we will work for about ⅓ of our lives. Is a higher salary really worth unhappiness? While this may sound almost laughable to some individuals, we are supposed to have some level of enthusiasm for our jobs. That is something that can only be marginally increased by the size of one’s salary.
Good luck in your search, and let us know how it goes!