You’ve been looking for a job for a long time and you finally get that phone call. They want to hire you. What do you need to do to ensure that you have the best possible situation if you take this job? While some of these may have been mentioned in passing during the interview process, once you’ve received an offer you are in a better position to get the answers. Here are three questions to ask the potential employer before accepting the job.
- How long did the previous employee in the role take to complete their daily and weekly tasks? This will give you the big picture of what the manager is expecting out of the role and what you are capable of contributing. You want to know that the tasks and the time allotted to them are realistic. You also want to make sure that you are interested in doing what it takes to get the job done to the manager’s satisfaction.
- How long should I expect to stay in this position before being considered for a promotion? Companies do like to invest in individuals who are interested in growth within the company but they also have a job that needs to get done right now. They don’t want to hire someone whose mind is on the next possible step rather than the position for which they were hired. Manage your own expectations by understanding the typical way promotions are handled within the company. This will allow you to focus on doing a good job up front so you will be considered for future opportunities.
- Why did the last employee in this position leave the job? There are countless reasons an employee leaves a position. On the positive side, they may have received a promotion themselves which led to the job vacancy. They may have moved away. They may have accepted a position with another company. On the other hand, they may have not been performing satisfactorily or they may have had behavior issues on the job. Knowing these things will give you a good sense of how to approach the job once you accept it.
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