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You need to weigh the pros and cons before making a commitment to your new prospective employer to avoid regretting your decision.

Sometimes what you thought was a perfect job match could turn out to be the worst job you’ve ever had. To circumvent such a situation, we would like to share some helpful tips on the road to making that decision.

1. What are the things that are important to you?
Before attending interviews, you should ask yourself, “What do I really want? What are the things I’d be willing to compromise for the chance to get the job I want?” Make a list of things which really matter to you. This is a good starting point with your search and will guide you at the end when making a decision.

2. How much research have you done about the company?
This is the part of the job hunting process that a number of candidates overlook. Knowing about the company and what they do is good information to be equipped with for any job interview. However, you need to go beyond this to determine if the company is the right fit for you. There is a wealth of available material online or from your own network to gather information about the company’s values, employees’ comments, customer feedback, training and career growth opportunities. Such information would give you an indication of the culture, employees’ job satisfaction and issues which matter to the company.

3. How well do you know your interviewer?
During the interview process, it is usually expected that you will meet the hiring manager or the person you will be reporting to once you accept the job. When you do, make use of your interaction with that person to gauge whether you would be comfortable reporting to them or not. Look for subtle clues which may give an indication of how the person works and their priorities. You may also conduct some research by checking their profile on LinkedIn or other social media before your meeting to get an idea of what to expect from the interviewer.

4. Have I asked the right questions?
Whenever you are given an opportunity to ask questions at an interview, aside from getting clarification about the job and the responsibilities, try to ask about the company’s culture. Prepare well thought out questions which will help you gain valuable insight about the culture or a typical work day at the company.

5. What was your impression when you went to the office?
When you visit the company’s office for your interview, be observant. Try to note how employees are working and interacting with each other. What is the atmosphere or mood around the workplace and the actual office? Pay attention to these things as it will give you an indication of how it may be like to work in that company.

6. What is your overall feeling about it?
After asking all of these questions and weighing the pros and cons, your personal evaluation will tell you whether or not to continue with your application to the company. Listen to your inner voice and if there’s any apprehension on your part, perhaps you may be better off working elsewhere.

Finding the right corporate culture which fits you is one of the most important steps one can take while searching for a new opportunity. After all, we usually spend the majority of our time in the workplace so it’s important that you find a company where you can thrive, feel appreciated and still have fun while maintaining your professionalism.

If you feel like you are ready to get in touch, please call your nearest Cobalt office or register now with your CV.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 30th 2014 and is filed under Interview. You can subscribe to our RSS 2.0 news feed here.