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How To Tell If A Company Is Good Fit Before Accepting A Job Offer

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March 25, 2013

Many times, job seekers will make quick decisions when accepting a new job only to become unhappy shortly after starting with the company. The majority of the time, it is not their fault.

For many applicants it can be difficult to differentiate great companies from the subpar ones because they must form their thesis based limited interviews and even less interaction with most of their future co-workers or managers.

Despite the difficulty to recognize these nuances, there are some concrete signs which will inform whether you are about to accept a job at a company that you will not enjoy or if you are about to make the right employment decision.

Knowing that you will have limited time and interaction with the interviewers, you must take it upon yourself to make the most of your time to determine if you are about to accept a job offer at a bad company. To ensure that this is not the outcome, look for the following:


1. Smart People. While you don’t need to be working with individuals who have genius IQs, you are more likely to be happy in an environment that is made up of smart employees, thus making the environment intellectually stimulating and one that fosters learning.

Additionally, intelligent people tend to make a higher salary than a group who is less smart. This is not always the case, but the odds are with the group who has a higher IQ.

2. Strong Leaders. Whether you like the firm’s senior leaders can be measured in two ways: Do you like them as people? For example, from what you know about them, the individuals seem to have integrity, care about the well-being of their employees, and are likeable people. Secondly, do they have strong leadership skills? The best companies to work for have great CEOs and leaders, and you can decipher them from the average manager very quickly by assessing such things as self-confidence, industry knowledge and an optimistic attitude.

3. A Solid Product or Service. If you don’t believe in your potential employer’s product or service, and from your perspective, see no rational need for it in the marketplace, you are going to lack passion at your job, which will result in long, not stimulating and morose days at the office.

Prior to accepting a job, make sure that you buy into what the company provides. Either you’re going to have to be a believer, or you’re about to accept a job offer at a bad company.

4. Fair Compensation. The only thing worse than being underpaid is being under appreciated. While you don’t have to be the richest person in the office, your new employer should provide you with what you feel comfortable living on. If they don’t, try not to take it personally and politely decline the job offer.

It doesn’t look good when your resume shows that you have bounced from position to position frequently. Therefore, be meticulous and patient before accepting a job offer. It can mean the difference between a happy career and a regretful one. Originally posted on Personal Branding Blog by Ken Sundheim

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