Finding the right employer fit

Finding the right employer fit isn’t always easy. So, when you’ve made it to the interview round for a job, what steps can you take to help find a good employer match?

We have put together a few tips for you to consider.


1. Ask questions

Firstly, at this stage of the recruitment process, you should already know what the job is. This is your opportunity to seek clarification. For example if the role requires client visits, it is reasonable to ask if you be given a vehicle and how much travel is required. If the role includes managing a busy reception area, you might ask the employer to expand on what this looks like. For example, ask whether there are a lot of walk-ins or if it is mostly the phone. Asking questions shows you have put thought into the role. Furthermore, it helps with finding the right employer fit. 

2.  Consider the culture

Think about culture and what is important to you. Ask questions so you are aware of the employer’s workplace culture. For example, if you are looking for a laid back environment where you can wear jeans on a Friday, accepting a role with a strict, corporate clothing policy may not be the *right fit* for you.

3. Remuneration talk

If remuneration is important to you, ask questions about this. For example, are there opportunities for a wage increase, or is there a commission structure and/or if there are performance reviews. However, don’t ask what the salary is on question number one. If this hasn’t been articulated, at the end of the interview you are entitled to ask. When you ask, use phrasing like, “can you provide advice on what the salary range is” rather than “what is it paying”.

4. Understand their expectations

If other things are important to you, such as going home on time or not working additional hours, ask questions to better understand their expectations. If they are wanting someone to ‘hit the ground running’ or deliver certain projects quickly, ask whether they expecting overtime and/or what resources will be provided to support you.