Careers are bound to be full of imperfections. It takes years to really get into the swing of the corporate world and even then no one is safe from a mistake every once in a while. From sending an email to the wrong person to making lighthearted jokes about a coworker, we have all been there. I have made many mistakes in my career while trying to figure out who I am, what I really want to do and how to get there.
Early in my career I was so excited to get an offer, I didn’t take much time to really interview the company. As a potential employee, never forget it is your right and in your best interest to find out as much as you can about the company, the job description and your potential manager. I never asked questions because I was so scared I would come off pushy or get my offer resigned.
Organizations love to make their company and job sound top-notch. They may in fact be a great organization but it may not be the best fit for you. Because of this major career mistake I landed with organizations that worked longer hours, no extra compensation, working holidays and managers that weren’t the best.
By not asking questions about a potential employer, you are sending the message that your time and talents are not valuable. Try making a checklist of what you really want in a potential employer. Don’t leave anything out even if its must haves like a cool office space or working with people you can relate to. You may not find everything you want but you will have a better idea if an organization fits your needs. Never be afraid to find out the real scoop so you don’t waste any time or energy trying to land your dream job.