Finding the right employer will have a big impact on your career. With an ideal employer, you will enjoy your job and hold on to it for a long time. However, if you don’t take the time to evaluate an employer, you will find yourself hopping from one job to another.

This can not only hurt you financially, but it can also stress you out. This article highlights some key tips that can be helpful in identifying whether a company is good for you. 

Do Some Online Research

Even before you send out your application, look up the company online.

How long has the company been in operation? Who runs the company? What are the company’s values? What products or services do they offer? What do consumers have to say about the company’s products or services, management and employees?

You can find answers to such questions by going through the company’s website, social media pages, local listings and consumer reviews. Doing comprehensive research before sending your application will help in determining whether the company has a good standing and if their operations are in line with your interests or goals. 

Read Job Descriptions Well

If your application is in response to a job description, go through the job description well. Normally, employers will give a list of skills and qualifications and the tasks the candidate is expected carry out once they are accepted into the company. Be sure that you are up for the tasks before applying. 

Make Observations During the Interview

There are two key things you should observe during an interview. One, if the interview is being held at the company premises, take time to observe the physical environment and how employees are interacting with each other. Would you be okay working in such an environment? Two, take note of how the panel interview members address you and each other. 

Are they respectful? Do you sense any tension? However, don’t be so caught up in making observations that you forget to make a good impression. Remember, the company will choose you if you perform well at the interview. Thus, prepare well and answer questions comprehensively to boost your chances of getting picked. 

Ask Questions 

At the end of the interview, the interviewers will give you an opportunity to ask questions. Take this opportunity to get clarification on any unclear facts about the company and work. 

Check the Salary and Benefits

Before you sign a contract with an employer, check the benefits they have to offer. Most companies will have an Employee Benefits Attorney working on different plans for the company. 

PensionLawyers identifies some of them as 401 (k) plans, employee stock ownership, and health and welfare benefits among others. It is up to you to decide what benefits are important based on personal preferences and how long you intend to stay with the company. 

By evaluating such factors, you can easily find that employer who is best fit for you. When you take your time, you will avoid taking a job you will not enjoy, one with no opportunities for you to achieve your career goals, or worse still, one where your skills are underutilized.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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