Job aspirants after cracking an interview generally feel very excited for joining the organization. However it is necessary to know few important details of the employer before being recruited. While the employer seeks key information from the job applicant regarding the educational background, experience, attitude and behavior, the latter have full rights to be clear of what is expected out of them. Setting up clear expectations with the employer before joining the organization will avoid unnecessary complications in the future and hence to maintain a sound employee-employer relationship. However, the key information that a candidate must know before joining an employer can be highlighted as follows –
It is of utmost importance to be clear about the job role and responsibilities that need to be undertaken. This will also help to understand whether the skills and competences of the candidate match with the job profile and requirements of the organization. Candidates must be clear whether the job responsibilities will help to further help to upgrade the skills and whether it will help to pursue the dream career. At the same time knowing about the working hours, leaves, compensation, perks and benefits will also help to understand whether it matches the expectations or not. Whether the organization provides the necessary tools, equipments to carry out the work and imparts knowledge is also necessary to identify. This information can be collected during the final selection process, preferably from the human resource management personnel/team.
Before joining an organization, it is necessary for a candidate to know about the company culture, the nature of leadership being followed by the managers, particularly those who would be the immediate supervisor. It is also necessary to indentify whether the company provides a platform for continuous learning to enhance the career prospects of the candidate. A poor culture would create unnecessary chaos; conflicting interests among the team members hamper the work environment. Candidates must ensure that the organization’s values match with their individual values or not. An organization with sound culture will always treat its human resources as the most important form of social assets. Identifying whether the employer values its workforce through rewards & recognition, scope for career growth, and promotes a culture of staff wellbeing is necessary. Before joining, it is a good idea to identify whether the company has a system of employee training & development, and a culture of employee involvement and empowerment.
The direct supervisor to whom the candidate reports has a significant impact on the day to day work life of the latter. A good supervisor encourages team work, values individual opinion and maintains a sound work environment that is conductive employees’ welfare and growth. The expectations of the immediate supervisor/managers need to be reasonable while participative management style helps to maintain open communication, sharing of ideas and feedback exchange. It is better to identify whether the reporting supervisor is a good listener and concerned about his/her team members.
It is necessary to know for how long the organization has been running for and its existing reputation in the market. Such information can be collected from senior employees already working in the organization or from peer reviews. Reputation of the company/employer can also be identified from social networking sites in terms of its employee strengths, attrition rate, profit margin, highest compensation paid, and investment in employee training & development. Employer having a high attrition rate indicates that there is lack of organizational stability. Apart from this, policies of the organization towards their CSR (corporate social responsibilities) are also an indicator about its goals, objectives and values.
Finally knowing the future prospects that can be gained from the organization in the long run is of utmost importance. Before joining the organization candidate must carry out extensive research about the number of promotions taking place, salary hike and opportunities to take up higher responsibilities. The number of internal job postings (IJP) coming up in quarter or a year is real indicator of chances for growth and future prospects. Working in a wrong organization would lead to stress, frustration, burnout and hampering of career aspirations.
As the saying goes, ‘opportunity knocks only once’, it is necessary that candidates choose the right organization that matches their career goals and job aspirations. Joining organizations without proper research and quitting has an adverse impact on the candidate’s resume. Candidates may also find that their career has come to a standstill after a certain period of time if they choose to work with a wrong employer. Hence, in order to have a bright future and fulfill the career goals it is necessary that the above five points must be carefully studied before joining an organization.
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