Have you ever declined a job offer only to later find out that it was the opportunity of a life time?
Many of us enter an interview concerned about how to answer their questions, but fail to consider the long term opportunities a job could offer because we simply don't ask the questions that could unlock the true nature of the role.
When you are looking to step up or change your career, think about how your choice of employer could affect your future. For example, how many people do you know join a company which is then taken over just 6 months later? If they had asked at the interview about the long term plans for the company they may have found out more of their future plans and how it could directly affect the role on offer.
It is important to remember that you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you, so to help map out your career it's important to ask the right questions to help assess the impact on your long term career.
1. Do they have a budget for cross skilling and further training?
This can indicate how they value their employees and their commitment to ensuring skills are kept up to date.
2. Do they encourage & groom employees for future growth within the business?
Your career is important and this will help you assess the opportunity for future career progression and promotion.
3. Do they provide the opportunity to work in their interstate or international offices?
This will help you assess the long term career prospects. Or on the flip side, you may be someone who is adverse to relocation as it could affect your personal life.
4. Are flexible work practices on offer?
If work/life balance is important to you, then make sure it is important to them.
5. Do they have generous employee benefits?
Whether it be a bonus, company shares, travel or access to product, it can make a significant difference to your salary package. For example, a car parking space can equate to an additional $1,000 - $10,000 per annum depending on your location.
6.Have a low staff turnover rate?
This is often a reflection on the general happiness of their staff, as often people stay in their job because they enjoy the work and the environment. If staff turnover is high, there is probably a reason. Consider if you are expected to work excessive hours, or is there a lack of support network or career prospect?
When considering a job make sure you do your research, don't dismiss a business purely by name alone. Make sure you understand their methodology, ethos and culture. Who are the business owners and what type of people are they? Do they value their staff or are they driven by the dollar? Are these owners looking to take a step back in their business and find a talent that could be their successor?
A job that on face value may seem boring or limiting, could be the one role that gives you the chance to really develop your skills and jump start your career.