Find out about the Corporate Culture; Just the Job

By Kingston, David | The Birmingham Post (England), February 13, 1999 | Go to article overview

Find out about the Corporate Culture; Just the Job


Kingston, David, The Birmingham Post (England)


February is always one of the busiest months for headhunters like myself. It may have something to do with the fact that the beginning of a new year is full of resolutions and restlessness.

Over the last few weeks I have had numerous telephone calls from anxious job candidates who know they want to leave their current employment, but are not sure who they want to work for.

Lured by the bait of an increase in salary, they are rushing to move up the career ladder. And in doing so, they make a big mistake. For very few of them give themselves time to focus on one of the key influences of job satisfaction - corporate culture.

When considering a move it is crucial to find out as much as you can about the corporate personality of your future company - even if they are offering you the six figure salary you used to dream about.

Your prospective employer will do the best they can to assess you with extensive interviews and a battery of psychometric tests. But this only helps to guarantee that they will like you. How do you know that you will like them?

The following pointers will give you a head start as you endeavour to find out what makes your future employer tick.

At the interview, make sure you are clear about how the company is performing. Ask what will be expected of you and over what timescale. Ask every question which you think is relevant to helping you make a decision to join this new company. Never feel you are being too inquisitive.

Always make sure you meet your immediate boss before you accept a job. …

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