There are many things to consider when searching for a new role, but more importantly, during the recruitment process there are questions you must ask. The recruitment process is not just whether you fit what the employer is looking for, but whether it’s what you’re looking for.
The interview is a great opportunity to ask the necessary questions about the position, work environment and culture, so you have all questioned or uncertainties answered.
Usually, before you accept a job offer, there will be questions you will want to ask your employer such as the start date and the work schedule. However, there are also additional questions that you can ask yourself before making a final decision.
There’s no doubt the salary is one of the key discussion points when negotiating a new position. It’s important that you make clear to your recruiter or potential employer your salary expectations. This will save time further down the line, and you can focus on other needs.
It’s a good idea to try and meet the majority of your potential colleagues before accepting a job offer. Sometimes, you may be fortunate enough to be given an office tour beforehand. This helps you identify whether the office space is suitable for your needs; whilst breaking any potential nerves you have before starting your new role. If your role involves a number of projects, then it is likely that you will be working in a team. Ensure your team-working skills are effective.
Once you have assured yourself that your job offer is one of interest, it is important to consult with the management team to clear up any questions that you may have. Some of these questions may have already been answered within the job specification or during the interview process, but always seek clarity.
The onboarding process is very important for new employees. We’re currently in an age where the onboarding process cannot be carried out as ‘normal’. Businesses have adopted to working in an alternative way; working remotely. As a result, you won’t have the one-to-one contact with management and employees.
The onboarding process allows new employees to settle in and find out more about the company’s culture, goals and background. Some processes may involve extensive training or team bonding sessions. It’s important to understand how the onboarding process will be conducted so you are ready for it.
This should be made clear in the job description and also during the interview, however, it’s always good to ask to ensure you are still applying for the job that you signed up for. It’s less common to find sudden changes to job descriptions, as this can cause major issues down the line, which leaves a candidate unhappy and potentially considering leaving the role.
In order to be assured, it’s a good idea to ask for a copy of the job description for future reference.
Depending on the type of position of which you are applying for; there maybe targets/goals involved. Should this be the case, it’s important to clear up any metrics that will be used to evaluate your performance.
Identify how often your performance will be evaluated – will it be monthly or yearly?
You may be opting for a long-term position, so if that is the case, you will be curious to know as to whether there is room for progression or promotion.
As we always say: communication is key. As you enter the early stages of a new position, communication is vital to ensure you are settling well, whilst building a strong and effective relationship with colleagues.
Due to the boundaries of remote communication, it may not always be easy to communicate as intended. Establish the schedule of communication. Will there be morning meetings or will there be a catch-up at the end of the day. If you have responsibilities which mean that you are not available after a certain time, make this clear.
Don’t be afraid to get these assurances before starting a new position; after all, it’s a new opportunity for you. The HR team should be there and ready to answer any concerns that you have.
Our consultants at Blu Digital are equally as committed to ensuring that you receive all the necessary information you need before you begin a new position.