As a job candidate, you might think you’re the only one that will be subject to a background check. But as a leading recruitment firm, Peoplelink knows that you should also be getting the scoop on a potential employer. After all, if you want to be properly prepared for an interview, you need to do your homework. Plus, if you’re going to be spending 40+ hours a week there, you want to make sure that it’s a great place to work.
So when you’re conducting your background research, what should you be on the lookout for? Here are some suggestions:
First and foremost, you want to work for a company that’s financially stable. Even if it’s the greatest job in the world, you’re not going to last long if the company is on shaky financial ground. So do some online research, check local news sources, and ask anyone you know who’s worked at the company for financial information.
If you do know past or current employees, another aspect to ask them about besides finances is company culture. In other words, what’s the environment like? Corporate? Casual? Somewhere in between? In order to thrive in a new position, you need to mesh well with the company’s culture, so this is critically important to know about before accepting a job offer.
Another important aspect to check into when doing your research is turnover and layoffs. If the company has a huge revolving door, then that’s a red flag that either the job opportunities or the working environment aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Likewise, if any layoffs have been reported in the news, that’s another sign things aren’t going well at the company.
This economy has been rough for businesses. But there are also many companies out there who are not only surviving, but thriving. How can you tell? Any reports on the company’s website or in the news about new products/services being offered, acquisitions, or expansions. These are all good signs that the company is progressing in a positive direction.
If you finish you background research with more questions than answers, then that’s ok too. Use your job interview as an opportunity to get answers to your questions. Not only will you get the information you need to make a good career decision, but hiring managers will be impressed with your preparation and how well you understand the company.
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