Employer Fit -
Is the Employer a Good Fit For You?

Does the employer fit your needs?

How many articles have you read lately asking if you are a good fit for potential employers? Have you read anything that looks at the situation from the other side?

It is definitely important to determine whether an organization is a good match for you, too.

employer fit, is the employer a good fit for you

Not all employers are created equal.

There are a variety of things to consider when looking for a job. Of course, you need to ensure you are paid well and that you have medical coverage, but there is much more to a job offer than just those two things. Whether or not you choose to work for a particular company must be based on a myriad of things. Do not rush into an agreement with an organization. Be sure you understand everything that is going to be provided to you, what is expected of you and how you will be able to succeed given your personal work style and ethics. Of course you are interested a job, but you ought to be sure the position is one that you will want to be working in years from now.

Ask Yourself: Does the employer fit your needs?

Again, think about whether the employer is a good match for YOU, too.

Some things to consider:
  • If you are told that you will be working 40 hours per week, ask some of the people in the department you will be working in if that is actually the case. The information an interviewer tells you and what actually is expected of you could be different. In some cases, the interviewer is not aware of the specific environment you will be working in. In other cases, unfortunately, the truth is stretched to accommodate what a new hire is expecting to hear as opposed to what the reality truly is. It is difficult to know if you are a good fit with organizations like this. Many positions are touted as being 40 hour per week jobs, but in fact, the people in that particular area work 50+ hours per week. No, it is not right, but it does happen. Just do your best to know what you are getting into. If the employer fit isn't right, you need to know that up front.

  • Bonuses are bonuses – except when they are not provided in a timely manner – or at all. It is best to get salary-related statements in writing before starting work for the employer. There are some companies which are great at paying their people what they are supposed to, but there are others which deny a bonus program even exists (after an employee has been hired) or they phase it out once a new hire has been with the company 3, 6, 9 months or more. Be cautious. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If in doubt, ask for all statements regarding pay to be written and signed.

  • Do you like to travel? When you are asked in an interview if occasional travel is ok, be sure to find out what "occasional" means. There is a huge difference between 15% and 40% travel (time away from home) and it is important to know what is expected of you. Again, this is something that is best to get in writing…unless travel is not a concern for you. If you have a family and want to spend time with them, you need to ensure you know exactly how much traveling you will be doing. You don’t want to find out three months down the road that you have to work away from home more than what you were told during an interview. That would not be a good employer fit for you. Seek clarification whenever you have any questions.

  • If you are in a competitive field (and sometimes even if you are not), you may be promised all sorts of goodies during an interview. The lure of a company car, a PDA, cell phone, laptop, and such is hard to ignore. It is also why such things are offered to people. Ask around if you have any questions as to whether or not the company actually provides each of the items you are promised. Current employees provide a wealth of information on subjects like this when asked. Don't be bashful. You need to know if what you're being told is hype or reality.

Of course you want a job, but you want to be sure the position is one that you will want to be working in years from now. It has to be a good fit - Employee Fit AND Employer Fit. Do your homework and find out everything you need to BEFORE you sign an employment agreement (or contract). One of biggest reasons that some people find themselves job-hopping is because they will not take the time to check the employer out ahead of time.

Most of the items listed above are not difficult to determine, either. You will likely get a feel for the organization just from the first interview. That will give you some insight as to whether or not you want to interview a second time (if you are asked to join the interviewer for another round). Simply keep these things in your mind as you are interviewing and listen for clues.

At the second interview, you will have much more time to investigate these issues further. You will most likely be interviewing with 2 or more people that work for the company. There will be a number of opportunities to seek out additional information then.

If you are offered a job, you will need to satisfy yourself that the position is what you want and that the employer is going to do what it says it will. Is the employer fit just right? It is interesing to note what happens when you ask for certain things in writing prior to signing an employment agreement or a contract. The true colors of an organization will likely show themselves at that time.

Find out if the employer fit is good for YOU - in the long run. Both sides of the employer-employee equation should be satisfied. The best situation would be to know that everyone will find their expectations met or exceeded. When this is the case, success will naturally result (for the employer and the employee) and your job career will be well on it's intended path. A good employer fit is an awesome thing to experience.

If you're finished reading about whether your new employer fitsyour needs, take a look at this article about Professional Conduct

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