So, you have submitted your application, successfully attended and completed an interview, your reference checks were good and you have finally been offered the position. Here comes the hard part, what do you need to know before you say YES. Here are our top 8 things you need to know before you accept your new job.
- Where will you be working?
Sounds pretty basic right? But you need to know where you are expected to work from, if travel forms part of your position and if so how much travelling will you be doing.
- What are your working hours and are you expected to do overtime?
It is important that you know how many hours you are required to work each day and week, as well as if overtime is expected and if so how much? Another question you may want to ask is if your lunch breaks are scheduled at specific times or not.
- What are you responsible for and how is this measured?
You will find most of this information in the job description however it is always good to ask if there is anything that isn’t listed. It is also important to know how management will track your progress.
- Who is your supervisor?
It is important to know who your supervisor is and meet them before you accept your position, after all, you don’t want to be working for a dragon.
- Who will be your customers? Are they internal, external or both?
This is very important, of course, you should make sure that you are treating all “customers” the same but it’s important to know who is who.
- What does the career path look like for someone in this position?
When starting a new position you should know how you can progress professionally. You should know what happened to the last person in the role, how they have they progressesd and if this could potentially be a similar path for you.
- What are the expectations about being contactable outside of work hours?
It is important to know if you are required to answer our phone or reply to emails that have come in after hours or over the weekend.
- When will I be paid? What is your base salary, is there a commission structure or bonuses?
It is always important to make sure that you know what you will be paid in your new position and if there are any commission or bonus schemes how they work, also remember to ask when payday is and if it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Hopefully, by ensuring that you know the answers to all 8 above questions, you will go into your next position with a clear vision of what is expected of you and what you can expect from your new employer.
Written by Senior Recruitment Guru Sarah Hutchinson.