Choosing the Right “Fit”

When it comes to searching for a new job or career, the typical process is to find a job from a company based on your skills and experience. Most job seekers and employers primarily focus on these two areas.

For employers, they want to know what skills and experience you have, are you qualified to do the work they need completed and can you contribute to the team, department or company. As a result, candidates solely focus on explaining these details in the interview and if the employer thinks the candidate can do the work, an offer of employment is usually made. Based on the compensation, career path and company brand and type, the candidate will accept or decline.

Generally speaking, in most cases, this process works well and professionals go on to have long and successful careers in their chosen field of expertise with the company they select. I do see however, in some cases, that after a year or so, the employee and employer part ways in which case the process begins again.

In this post, I want to focus on a few additional items to consider that will ensure more successful outcomes. In addition to the skills and experienced required for the position, also consider:

Cultural Fit

This one is tough, but I would suggest to go with your gut feeling. If unsure, ask if it possible to meet more team members or when in the final rounds, ask more questions about the type of people that excel in the company. Always observe everyone you meet, from the minute you walk into the building and how you are sent off. Are these people happy, enthused, smart, etc. and most importantly, could you see yourself fitting in with the team and company.

Expectations

Ensure you understand what is expected of you and your roles and responsibilities. Moreover, if you meet or exceed the expectations, how this over time will lead to advancement – allowing you to accomplish your career goals. Nothing is more challenging than starting work with the expectations of what you thought were your duties to only discover they are different from your employer. When you are in the final rounds of interviewing, be sure you are clear by asking relevant questions to your role.

Location

This seems unimportant and most people only consider the commute time. As long as the company is within one hour door-to-door from my house is the common refrain. I recommend you “practice” the commute at the time you will actually be going to work. Are the trains unbearably crowded? Are there too many transfers. Is there a good selection of restaurants and shops close to the office? As you will be spending most of your time commuting to and working in a particular area, it is important to “enjoy” the trek and environment. If every day you are lamenting the commute or location, chances are you are not going to be completely happy with your work.

Remember that the interview process is designed for the company to ensure the candidate has the skills and experience to do the work. I recommend that candidates also consider the other “things” that will make the career more joyful and successful.

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