If forums & social networks are to be believed, most recruiters don’t really care about what you want as a candidate.
I disagree with that.
This is why I think it’s important to help you really think about what’s important to you.
Looking for a job is like dating. You are both assessing each other for compatibility.
Like dating, you won’t find a company that’s perfect in every single way, so concessions need to be made.
It’s important to really think of the key things that matter to you.
Areas to consider
- Size and reliability of the company.
- Location, length of commute and fuel costs per year.
- What industry does the company work in? What types of clients do they have?
- Company culture, values, and corporate responsibility.
- Social events and team events.
- What’s the hiring manager’s background? (Hands-on? Corporate?)
- What’s their management style?
- What’s the team size, structure and what methodologies do they use?
- Projects. (Greenfield? New Functions? Improvements? Legacy?)
- Do they use modern technologies, methodologies and architectures?
- What you will learn here?
- What’s the seniority of the role? What responsibilities will that entail?
- Opportunities for progression. (Technical or management routes)
- How seriously do they take training and development?
- Is the salary level fair?
- Benefits. (Pension? Bonus? Flexible hrs? Homeworking? Car Allowance? Days holiday? Healthcare? Other?)
Are there any other things that you consider when assessing a potential employer?