How to choose what company to work for?

For a recruiter, it is not easy to find the candidate of their dreams but conversely, for the candidate, it is not always easy to choose the right company and find one of their dreams as well. It seems essential to feel good at your workplace, but how do you know this before entering the company? What qualities do we expect from our future employer?

A good feeling when recruiting:

It is important to work in an environment in which the employee will be happy. And this feeling will already appear during the first interview. If your recruiter is aggressive from the start, you might think that’s the image of the company. The candidate must therefore agree to work in such an environment. Conversely, if recruitment goes well, there is every chance of having a pleasant working atmosphere throughout the whole company.

A known and recognized company:

The second important point is that your company must be known and recognized. The reputation of the company and the quality of its products are guarantees of confidence in its seriousness. Remember to check the credibility and legitimacy of your future employer in his sector of activity, for example by visiting their website.

Are its products unanimously recognized for their quality and their ability to satisfy customers? Do they have good references? Is it a major player in its market? Also, remember to read the comments of employees or former employees through Glassdoor. You can also use a site like Leadar. This platform provides an email address, contact details, and social media so that you can ask some former and current employees for their opinion.

Choose the 2 key criteria of the company that will count for you:

It is a professional choice but above all a personal one. As in many fields, you have to know how to listen to yourself. You have to ask yourself what matters to you in choosing the company that will give you your first chance.

What criteria make sense to you? For example, if you have a technical education, coming out of engineering school, the possibility of training quickly, or learning continuously must be key for you. Other criteria that can motivate your decision: the choice of the manager who will inspire you, the societal and environmental impact of the company, the remuneration, the ability to be independent in its tasks, the image of the company, its values, etc.

A company that offers you opportunities to develop:

Your new position must be beneficial for your career and your personal development. It brings added value to your professional career. Be curious about the training provided to teams by the company, in particular, about their frequency and quality. Also, find out about the support you will receive during your integration and the possibilities of real development within the company. Do not hesitate to read the feedback from people within their company to get a clear idea of ​​​​the possibilities for development.

A growing company:

Choosing a company that is growing and developing is an asset for your career. Has your future employer been showing positive results for several years? Is it in the stream of growth? Does it invest in the development of new products? Does it innovate? So many points to learn about before joining a company.

A company that gives you the means:

To allow you to carry out your missions with complete peace of mind, it is up to your future employer to give you the means to do so. Teams must therefore be developed properly and tasks assigned correspondingly so that you can focus on the business aspect. Check the company’s organization and resources to get an idea of ​​it, especially in marketing and pre-sales. This way, you will have a clear idea of ​​the tools you will have and can prepare accordingly.

The perspective of evolution and change in the missions:

Entering a company is often a leap into the void. Try to find out beforehand about employee progression paths on the company’s website and social networks.

During the interview, don’t hesitate to ask the HR manager for examples of the backgrounds of other employees. How often do jobs change? The average duration in a position? Are there “role models”? People who started at the bottom and progressed quickly? Is there also diversity in the tasks?

A company that sees far:

The success of the teams also depends on the vision given by the company in the medium and long term, and the implementation of a strategy and objectives.

Has your future employer developed a clear and coherent business strategy for its market? On the individual level, find out about the objectives set for people from your potential team. Are they calibrated and realistic?

A company that rewards merit:

The most ambitious companies allow their best employees to outperform by setting up a compensation system linked to individual performance, a variable commensurate with the efforts and investment of the employee. So, if you are a conqueror and an ambitious worker, choose companies that offer a variable compensation system that boosts performance.

Think employability more than salary:

A career is built over time. Above all, you have to think about the trajectory and have a long-term vision. It is necessary to go beyond the simple horizon of the salary.

If it is your first job, at the start of your career, you need to develop your professional capital rather than your financial capital. This is the motto you must have in mind. Gaining experience will be a key success factor for later negotiating an ad hoc salary.

For example, someone starting in HR must learn all facets of the job: from “hunting” for talent (acquisition) to retention and training. Once this has been acquired, the HR professional will be able to access a position of responsibility, supervising his team, and therefore a higher salary. You should also keep in mind that a fast-growing company is a company in which you will have the opportunity to evolve quickly.