Published On: Mon, Nov 16th, 2015

Eight Question’s To Ask Yourself Before A New Job

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It’s exciting to explore new opportunities, but before you say ‘yes’ to a potential employer, make sure you fit the job.

Why do you want to leave your current job?

The answer will help you figure out whether the new job is suitable for you. If you’re quitting your current job because you believe you’re stagnating, facing the same issue at the new workplace isn’t going to help at all.

The answer will help you figure out whether the new job is suitable for you. If you’re quitting your current job because you believe you’re stagnating, facing the same issue at the new workplace isn’t going to help at all.

What are your long-term goals?

Will the new job help your career grow further or is it only a stop-gap measure? There’s little point in saying ‘yes’ to the latter. However, if you are desperate to quit your current job, you could still jump at the new offer, but make sure you know where you want to head next after that.

Will the new job help your career grow further or is it only a stop-gap measure? There’s little point in saying ‘yes’ to the latter. However, if you are desperate to quit your current job, you could still jump at the new offer, but make sure you know where you want to head next after that.

Will you learn new skills?

Does the potential employer offer training facilities to improve your trade? This is important as it will help you enhance your career prospects.

Does the potential employer offer training facilities to improve your trade? This is important as it will help you enhance your career prospects.

What work-life balance do you want?

No one gets the ideal balance they want, but it’s still essential to know whether your professional schedule will allow you time for your personal passions. Also, consider the time it will take you to commute to the new office.

No one gets the ideal balance they want, but it’s still essential to know whether your professional schedule will allow you time for your personal passions. Also, consider the time it will take you to commute to the new office.

Does your personality sync with the work culture?

If you prefer a regimented, hierarchical structure, you may not be comfortable with the informality of a start-up. Or if you’re a spontaneous, go-getter, you may soon find yourself dissatisfied with a bureaucratic set-up.

If you prefer a regimented, hierarchical structure, you may not be comfortable with the informality of a start-up. Or if you’re a spontaneous, go-getter, you may soon find yourself dissatisfied with a bureaucratic set-up.

What are your strengths?

Before your interviewer asks you this question, figure out yourself whether you have the skills and aptitude to excel at the new job. After all, you always need to bring your best game on if you want the next promotion.

Before your interviewer asks you this question, figure out yourself whether you have the skills and aptitude to excel at the new job. After all, you always need to bring your best game on if you want the next promotion.

What are the chances of a promotion?

Do you know how the recruiter evaluates performances or measures success? Are you aware of the job’s objectives for the first three months at least? You need to make sure the job offers chances of career advancement, and doesn’t turn out to be a dead-end.

Do you know how the recruiter evaluates performances or measures success? Are you aware of the job’s objectives for the first three months at least? You need to make sure the job offers chances of career advancement, and doesn’t turn out to be a dead-end.

What’s your financial goal?

Calculate how much you need to spend and save currently, which will lead you to how much you need to earn minimum. Then find out what’s the  average salary that you can expect at the new job as well as the potential hikes you can expect each year.

Calculate how much you need to spend and save currently, which will lead you to how much you need to earn minimum. Then find out what’s the average salary that you can expect at the new job as well as the potential hikes you can expect each year.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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