How To Choose The Best Employer To Work With

Katherine Scrowther

23rd December 2016

It can become quite confusing when you have more than one employer contacting you at once. Taking any helpful resource is absolutely necessary when looking for a new opportunity, but what do you do when you have multiple offers? You start to feel unsure which one to work with; who has the better approach and who would be best for you? There are many ways you can spot which employer would be right for you to help make your final decision. Here are some pointers:

Check that they’re serious 

This is one of the first judgements you should make as a candidate. It is easy to tell whether someone is serious just by the way they present themselves and how much effort they put into you. You might be working with them after all, which makes it more of a reason to understand them the best you can. If you have an employer that is telling you that they have a great position for you, and have promised to call you back – then make sure they do. Chase up an employer if you haven’t heard from them in a while, but if they still don’t return the contact, then it would be best to move on. No one wants to be waiting around for a phone call that isn’t going to happen.

Do they have a salary expectation? This is another factor that you need to take into consideration. Good employers will state the salary from the start, it’s when it’s left for you to ask the salary and they don’t know which makes it a job role you can’t take seriously. It’s important to have all the required information about the role stated before you progress your application. A good employer will have strict deadlines as to when they will send the information out and when they expect to receive it back – this demonstrates that they are keeping on top of their own hiring process.

Research the company 

This is vital before applying and even more so before going to an interview, especially if you want a career rather than just a job. You will want to know more about the business to see if they operate well in their market and if the company’s culture will be a right fit for you. If you like the sound of the business’s structure, then you should move on to researching the people in the company on LinkedIn or their own website. Ask a recruiter or the hiring manager how long their employees have roughly been in the company for – this will demonstrate whether existing employees are happy enough in the company to have stayed so long. Also find out if there are regular starters as this shows business growth. You can also use the website ‘Glass Door’ to have a look at the company’s reviews – positive comments leave positive impressions for candidates.

If you are using a recruitment agency for the hiring process, it would be wise to ask them of their experience working with that company. How many people have they placed? Are their candidates happy with the placement? This will give you some reassurance whether this is a company worth interviewing for.

Are they good or bad offers?

When looking for a job, it can be hard to determine good job opportunities from the bad ones, especially if the information you have on the company is limited. On job adverts, if you have the email address of the employer, try to contact them. This creates a more personal level in the application process and you can see how well an employer responds to you. You can also find the hiring manager on LinkedIn and see how long they have been at the company. If they are on other social media platforms, then it wouldn’t hurt to follow them on there too.

When applying for a job, you should have your list of needs; this means that you should know your own personal criteria to see if the job would work for you. ‘Never sell yourself short’ is a key saying, you will want to see that the employer will benefit you in the long run. As a candidate, you should only apply for jobs with clear descriptions, otherwise you’re not really going to know what you’re getting yourself into unless it’s detailed.

An employer should also make their expectations very clear. Are they looking for someone long term with a chance to progress? Or are they just looking for someone to take an immediate place? A good offer is when you know that you have the chance to build yourself in a role and make it your career. If an employer just wants someone to start immediately without showing pure interest in the skills you will bring to the table, it may lack any long term growth. An employer should make thorough career plans with you which creates enthusiasm to start immediately. Also find out how long the last person was in the role you’re applying for was at the company. If previous employees left recently find out why – it could be an issue!

Ask questions 

Never be afraid to ask employers detailed questions during an interview. They are in the process of evaluating you, but you need to make sure you are evaluating them at the same time. The way an employer engages with you and asks you questions is what will give you a real insight to the company. If you don’t like an employer at the interview, then you certainly won’t working with them! Asking questions such as, “why do you still work here? or “what ambitions do you have for people in your team?” will show you how well the employer answers your questions. If they make you feel like you stand out from the crowd, then you will feel more inclined to accept the job if offered.

At Just IT Recruitment we really get to know our employers and candidates to help get a perfect match of skills and ambitions. Want some advice? Get in touch with us on 020 7426 9835