5 things you need to know about a company before you apply for a job
It’s kind of obvious that you need to know what the company you’re hoping to work for does. There’s a 100% chance that they’re going to ask you why you want to work for them specifically. However, you also need to know about the company for your own personal reasons. Is the company really the right fit for you? This is what you should know about a company before an interview.
1. Company size
A firm’s size is an important thing to understand because it can seriously affect your experience at the company. While very large, international corporations offer a certain job stability, competitive pay, corporate perks and opportunities to grow, smaller companies can be more flexible, allowing you to take on different kinds of tasks within a variety of departments. Small companies can feel more personal and more like family, though they tend to pay less.
2. Company culture
You spend 40 hours a week or more at the office. It’s one of the most important places you go to each week. That’s why it’s important to work in a positive and encouraging office environment, where company culture inspires and uplifts its employees.
Knowing who your company is up against is vital information whenever you’re considering a position. By accepting one employer over another, you’re essentially picking a team. To make an informed decision, do some research about the similar employers in your market so you can be sure where you would want to work. Knowing competitors and the salaries they offer can also help your salary negotiations.
Company values shape the culture of the company. These values keep everyone on the same page and working towards common ideals and goals, no matter which specific job you’re working on. It’s important to work for a company that cares about its values. It’s also vital to check whether the company’s values coincide with yours.
5. Potential for growth
Ideally any job you apply for is just a stepping stone for another position that will offer more money, opportunity and additional responsibilities. If you can apply for a job where you know there is opportunity to grow within the company and learn more about your industry, you’re in a very good place. If a company is stagnate or shutting down certain offices or positions, making it more difficult to find a potential promotion, it might end up being a frustrating place to work in the long term.
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1. by The Intern Group