CUT DOWN ON THE NOISE AND CLUTTER - CONSIDER 5 POINTS BEFORE YOU INTERVIEW
The demand for Technology specialists in South African are drastically rising. Job seekers are inundated with requests from business owners, in-house and outsourced recruiters, attempting to convince them to participate in a variety of job application processes.
Though flattering at first, you may soon find it difficult to identify appropriate opportunities, beneficial to future career development. Interviewing processes are often lengthily and time consuming, involving technical and face to face sessions.
To cut down on the noise and confusion, consider 5 important points before you commit to a job application process.
1. Company background, size and years in business
Do you want to be one of the first employees working for a start- up, developing ground breaking solutions, but with no business track record OR become part of an established company with solid financial backing and established clients?
Obtain employable skills. Make certain that whether it is a rookie tech start up or an international game player, that subject matter experience and skills are in demand. You need to think of the future and the availability of potential future roles.
2. Tech choices
Tech collaboration platforms and social media platforms often reflect the technology focus of the Company. Are technologies in line with your career focus and industry demand?
3. Company culture and the team
Will you fit in with the team? Social media and tech discussion blogs and platforms are a good source of finding current and previous employers. Determine social fit and shared interests.
Establish the exact location of the workplace. Where will the project team be based? Will you be moved around between locations? Are you able to work remotely? Find the facts.
5. Money and perks
What is on offer? Communicate your current and expected financial requirements (including bonuses, perks, study loans etc.) and information on leave days, flexi and remote work, from the onset. Due to a lack of clear communication, many job applications are ruined in final interviewing stages. The company and applicant have both wasted time and relationships are soured.
Remember to ask relevant useful questions during the initial contact. You are being assessed by the questions that you ask. The start-up of today, may be the leader of tomorrow. You may postpone the engagement, but continue with the relationship.
By Yolande van Eeden, Senior Consultant and Director, The Corporate Hub
For guidance on interview preparation, career choices, market salaries and offer negotiations, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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