How to decide your new employer?

After I wrote “Questions for your employer (Hiring Manager)“, many people have asked me various questions like what about salary, career and so on. I will cover some more important questions that you should ask your prospective employee.

NOTE: Don’t ask these questions during your first rounds. Wait till you impress the company. Remember that these questions will always be appreciated. It is your right to interview the company as the company interviews you. It’s a mutual relationship. I suspect people who don’t scrutinize a company prior to joining it. I remember a time when after few rounds in a company I had several meetings with their founders, management and staffs, then I decided not to join them for the time being.

Join good company
(Does your company understands you?)

Try hard to join Good companies

There are only few good companies (where you enjoy work and create great things), try hard to join them. Good companies always want good people. Make a good relationship with them even before joining them. It’s not that tough to win competition with good teammates. “Hiring is the key” – Says Jack Welch of GE. Next section will help you answer, whether to join a company or not. It’s not a perfect formula but worked 80% of the time for me.

  1. What is their mission statement? – This reflects a lot about how the company is organized. Ideally people from the top management to the peon should know the mission statement and work accordingly . Many companies work on different things but everything is done without a proper mission statement. I have seen some small companies with great mission statements, it was so clear that you could sense their direction with just one single sentence. For a bigger company, the name brand name covers up the mission statement. For a bigger company, ask your prospective team about its mission. and then Match it with your profile/choice.
  2. Who manages the company? – Different departments should be managed by different people. If the company is a new startup, assume it to be a little messy but they should have a plan to delegate powers to departments. Ask this, “Who manages your HR policies?”, “How are the appraisals done?”, “Who decides the salary increment?”, “If someone is performing extremely well for the company, then ask the concerned person whether the company treats them same way as they treat other employees or do they have a special provision for them?”. You will be surprised to know that many big companies are struggling with these questions. A good company will always try to answer these questions as clearly as possible.
  3. How do you earn money? Who invests in the company? See if they are open about it. If company is not making good money then don’t expect goodies for yourself. Not earning at present is not a big issue but the outline of business plan can be shared (to an impressive level).

Questions about the company?

  1. Five day week: MY SUGGESTION is NOT TO JOIN any company that works 6 day a week. 6 days a week is almost impossible for hard working people. Sometimes people do work 7 days a week if needed but the company that wants its employees to work more than 5 days a week on a regular basis is certainly not a people focused company. One doesn’t need to work XXX hours to complete a task but they surely need to work YYY fresh hours to make it successful, where YYY < XXX for sure. One day off a week keeps employees fresh. The company that doesn’t understand this doesn’t deserve good heads, lend them your hands and legs, brains doesn’t work for 6 days. I seriously mean it.
  2. How many leaves? Compare it with the industry standards. This is also a big factor that you should consider.
  3. Salary break up and Incentives Ask for a clear break up. Promises made is of no use, get it written in black and white. “You will get so and so when so and so happens”, better get it written.
  4. Increments This needs a clear guidelines. I know many who say, “I will get an increment only if my boss feels so“. This needs to change, one should get one deserves. If companies don’t have such policies they certainly needs to come up with one. Also see if promotions are performance based.

Ideal companies rarely exists, so one needs to get some of the mix and keep working towards a company that respects its people. See some of the stories that speaks about its culture (basically some viewpoints 🙂 )

10 Replies to “How to decide your new employer?”

  1. “Ideal companies rarely exists, so one needs to get some of the mix and keep working towards a company that respects its people”>>>>It is very important to work in a company that respects its people. An organization that does not respect its employees and treat them as dirt can never succeed…..they might achieve monetary gains but can never get good employees.

  2. Yes I also agree that if you do not have any important work then you should not stay at the office very late. It hampers the work culture. And if there is no overtime pay then why should I stay? It is better to spend the time on some other important work as NARAYAN MURTHY said. We have to manage our time.

  3. I applied it and I end up asking more questions that my interviewer :). I am glad I wrote this as I knew what all to ask and the sequence. Also I noticed the confidence of people who dealt with me (your best people should perform interviews), how they respect others (a great company without basic level of respect for others needs to be looked from suspicious eyes). I am very lucky that I only have to deal with the top management for the interviews, making my tasks really easy. I am/was very particular about my employer. I always had a special corner for entrepreneurs.

  4. thanx for sharing u’r experience…. i think this will help me to find new company… which i’m searching desperately

    cause my cheese is tooo moved, it’s high time to go through maze and find new channel

    and i’m republishing this info in my blog

  5. Hi Ruchi,

    I did not mention about your mission statement for the company but the mission statement of the company you are about to work for. Most of the bigger companies have well established brand. We join the branded companies for brand and to learn their culture with a confidence that it will be great. Most of the MBA students are going for branded companies only. For smaller companies (startups in general), the challenges are different as they keep reforming their policies, which will affect your stay there. Each policy change is guided by the mission company believes in. I will like to answer it in detail if you can explain your query and concern in a bit more detailed way.


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