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April 25 2017

Questions to Consider in the Job Search

As graduation quickly approaches, many seniors are searching for a full-time job. Even if every interview results in an offer to join the company, there are crucial questions to ask when making a decision. Without asking the important questions, there is a high chance the position will not turn out as expected, and once the contract is signed, there is no longer room for negotiating terms. Use the following questions to get all the necessary information about jobs and make an informed decision for the next steps.

    1. What does the day-to-day look like in the office?
      Even if the job description sounds amazing, the details are what really matters. Find out what the position entails on a daily basis to see if the frequent tasks coordinate with your interests. Use the answer to this question as a way to identify what skills you want to bring to the job and how those will be put to use.
    2. What is the company’s management style?
      Don’t take management for granted. This question shows if the manager is hands-on in approach or prefers a more laissez-faire management style. Either is fine; it just depends on how closely you like to work with others and the level of independence yearned for in the work environment.

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    1. How many people work in the office or department?
      Is this a small business that will require a lot of man hours and inter-departmental assistance or a large business where everyone sticks to their roles? The people environment is an important factor to consider, especially if you prefer a more family-style work environment over a more individualized one.
    2. Is there any travel expected?
      If the boss comes around 3 months from now saying it’s time to travel to the other side of the country for a meeting, it’s good to be prepared. If you plan on enrolling in school or have a situation where you truly can’t or aren’t interested in traveling, the hiring manager should know in advance.
    3. Are there opportunities for advancement?
      Make sure to find a job that offers a long-term commitment. Having a career in which you can continue to grow and develop is a huge asset to long-term success. Plus, asking this question shows the employer that you are looking to stay with a company for a long time and have them become a large part of your life. The more committed, the better.
    4. What mentorship opportunities are available?
      Asking this question shows that you truly want to learn more about the company and are interested being more than an employee. Mentors are crucial to growth and if the job offers a mentorship environment, you’ll be sure to continue growing personally and in your career.
    5. What are the biggest challenges associated with the position?
      It’s simply good to know what you’re up against. Knowing the biggest challenges in advance allows the opportunity to brainstorm ways to tackle it and prepare for the months ahead. Don’t wait for the problems to hit unexpectedly; attack them head-on and you’ll impress yourself and the employer.

  1. Are there any new initiatives the company is taking? Are there any you would like to see implemented within the position?
    A successful company should always be looking to grow. Find out if there are any new initiatives the company is taking as a whole or with the position you’re applying for. This is a great way to transition into a conversation where you can surprise the employer with some great days and show off your leadership skills.
  2. Is the pay hourly or salary?
    Never forget to cover the basics. After all, the primary reason for a job is to be able to afford to live comfortably.
  3. Are there any benefits associated with the position (health, dental, paid holiday, etc.)?
    Benefits are a great attraction tool and perfect for someone whose coming out of college. Many employers offer vision, dental and health plans, as well as paid vacation or holiday time. It will all be in the contract, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to find out about these negotiation tools up front.

Take the time to thoroughly prepare for every interview. These questions are not every item of information you should know before selecting a career path, but don’t forget about them in the job search. Good luck, seniors. May the future be bright for all of you!

Li Cohen

About Li Cohen

Just a small town Georgia girl in a journalists' world. I'm currently attending Nova Southeastern to master the art of communication studies and coffee addiction. I'm an aspiring international journalist with a passion for half marathons, music, traveling, good books and awesome experiences.

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