What Type of Company Should You Work For

July 29th, 2012 | Job Search | No Comments »

Now that hiring is picking up across a large number of industries, most jobseekers are out of the woods of desperation where they’ll take the first job offer that comes their way. In fact, many jobseekers are now seeing several offers come in within days of one another, and they are left with the decision of which to choose. Do you know which you would choose?

The decision might be more complicated than you would at first think, as there is a lot to take into consideration. The easy answer might be to take the offer with the biggest salary. But for the truly satisfied employee, job happiness goes way beyond money. It can also go beyond commute time, benefits packages, and fancy position titles.

What it really comes down to is being a good fit in the company. Most hiring managers aim to find candidates who would fit into their company culture and environment, so if they extend an offer, they probably think you’ll be great. But you can’t rely solely on this judgment.

The first thing you need to do is determine what factors will make you the best, happiest employee you can be. And secondly, you need to find out as much as you can during the interview process. Not only will your questions portray your interest in your company, the answers can also help you make a better decision in the long run.

So, do you thrive in a fast paced, high-energy environment where there’s a lot of hustle and bustle from an outgoing team? Or do you prefer a quiet atmosphere where you can get the job done independently with the occasional friendly interaction with a neighboring coworker?

Are you motivated by an exciting, high-growth start-up company, with entrepreneurial team members and a casual, unstructured work environment? Or do you feel more comfortable in large corporation with a rich history of success and a more traditional office setup?

Whatever your answers, the important thing is to match up your personality with the company you have in mind. Make sure you ask them to describe their work environment, team dynamic, and overall company culture. If they tell you a job offer is in the works, ask if you can meet the team.

Ultimately, you need to find a company that works for you. Only then will you stand a solid chance of building a long-lasting, highly satisfying career with an employer you love.

By Clare Saumell