Many of us have resumes listing positions that lasted for less than a year. While this isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker on future job interviews, it does lead to questions about what went wrong. As career expert and JobHunterCoach.com founder Arnie Fertig writes in a post for U.S. News & World Report, the common response, “They weren’t the right fit,” might send up some red flags.
Fertig’s post is titled “Read This Before Accepting a Job Offer,” and it’s filled with great advice on what you should consider before signing on for a new gig. By taking a job that’s not the “right fit,” you risk more than wasting your time. You might have to account for your error in judgement later on, and that’s why it’s best to ask some of the questions outlined below and assess any new opportunity carefully. Good luck!
1. A Long Hiring Process Is OK — No one likes a hiring process that drags on for multiple interviews spread out over weeks or even months, but as Fertig writes, this could be for the best. Companies put a lot of effort into finding the right person for any given job, and it’s crucial for you to understand the nuances of each position and gauge whether you’re a good fit. If you rush into a role you’re not right for, it could spell disaster. “A careful hiring process will benefit both employer and employee over the long term,” Fertig writes.
2. Think About Where It’ll Get You — Five or seven years down the line, what types of skills and achievements will you be able to say you’ve picked up from the job? Looking around at other employees, is it reasonable to assume you’ll earn promotions and rise through the ranks, or is there not a tremendous track record for internal growth? These are among the questions Fertig recommends asking.
3. Get a Sense of the Culture — Just as interviewers ask “behavioral questions” starting with phrases like, “Tell me about a time when you…” Fertig recommends asking about company culture. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of your time in this new work environment, and it’s important to get a sense of how things get done.