Do you have offers from some companies but are confused as to which one to choose? There are certain things that you must know about an organisation before joining it. Check out what details you need to know and how you can check them even before attending a job interview.
To know about a company, the first basic step is to visit its website and check the "About" section. Every company usually has a mission, vision and history. It is important for you to check these columns not just to flaunt your awareness in the interview but also get to understand the company's overview.
Being well informed about whom you are going to work for and what their goals are will help you be aligned with what you are looking forward to do in the organisation.
Some companies might be good enough to pay you as agreed in the initial days. But your growth and remuneration depends on its financial status. Hence, you have to know about it well before accepting the offer. How?
Check out its position in the stock market. This could also give you insights on its sales figures and client base. These details will also help you gauge your salary package in case it is not mentioned in the job advertisement or elsewhere.
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The best way to find out about the management's attitude and relationship with the employees is to get the employees' reviews. With digitisation, it is not necessary for you to search for people offline and get off the record details about the employer.
Websites, such as glassdoor.com, have reviews about companies with credible profiles of co-workers as well as anonymous posts concealing the identity of users to protect them. Thus, you will be able to procure honest feedback of employees through such means.
If the company is even a little renowned, the profile of the MD or CEO will be available online. Chances are that, you could even get the profiles of your interviewers online and know the complete details of the employer as well as employees. You may use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook for this purpose. Almost everybody has a facebook profile while quite some number of them have LinkedIn profiles.
What kind of work culture do you prefer? Are you okay with working closely only with your immediate boss or want to be introduced to a wider network of the organisation with an open-door policy? Would you like to work with people from diverse backgrounds or only with birds of your own feather?
Find out the answers to these questions by openly asking the interviewer as well as enquiring online and offline sources. Also be aware of the verticals and hierarchy in order to get a clear idea of the organisational structure and culture.
Stay updated with the current happenings in the organisation through print and digital news. The quickest way to obtain it is to type the company's name on Google and select the "News" option that will show various news related to the company.
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Only when there is a vacuum will there be ample scope to fill it. Hence look for what the company lacks and try to come up with solutions for you to bridge the gap. Constructive feedback at the time of interview will add to your chances of getting selected. But remember to put it forth only when asked or at the right context lest you might be mistaken for being rude.