After searching around for a good job in your field, you’ve found what looks like an amazing position. The work seems exciting and challenging, with lots of opportunities for growth. The pay is good, the benefits are excellent, and the workspace is a dynamic one that you’ll look forward to being in each day. And more importantly, you had a great first interview, with solid rapport and loads of good energy. Indeed, you feel very encouraged about your possibilities of landing this position.
But now, you’re in an odd limbo of not knowing what’s going on. You feel like you’re going to get an offer — all the signs are there — and you’re waiting around for a phone call or an email, but really, what’s taking so long?
As anyone who’s ever hired a new employee can tell you, the hiring process is almost never a quick one. The employer needs time to fully vet each potential candidate, and that takes time, plus he or she still needs to handle the day to day minutiae of a supervisory role. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that you may not be privy to, but we can break down most of it for you. Here are five things to expect before you’re hired.
1. You’ll meet the team.
The first time around, you won’t meet them as a new employee; instead, treat this initial meeting as a group interview, because ultimately, that’s what it is. The supervisor is looking to see if your rapport with other employees is good and if you’ve got strong relationship building skills. If you’re asked a question, answer as if you’re under the microscope, because you are. Similarly, ask questions that demonstrate that you’ve done your research and are genuinely interested in the company. Finally, and probably goes without saying, you’ll want to be on your best behavior: be kind to everyone, smile, and make a solid first impression on everyone you meet.
2. Your references will be checked.
It’s usually seen as a good sign when a prospective employer asks for references; it shows that they’re serious about you as a candidate and want to do a little digging to see if there are others who think you’re as great as you say you are. Take these references seriously, and confirm with each one that they will be able to speak positively on your behalf. Employers will typically want between two and four references, so think carefully about the people in your professional network who will sell you the best.
3. Your prospective employer will run a DBS check on you.
Many employers will ask on a job application if you have any sort of criminal record, but with DBS checks, they’ll know for sure what sort of past you have. If you have nothing to hide, then this step should have no bearing on whether or not you get the job. If, however, you do have a criminal record, you may want to disclose all relevant information to your potential employer before the check is run, just so it does not appear like you are trying to conceal anything.
4. If all goes well, you’ll get an offer.
Do keep in mind that an offer is a starting point for negotiation; if an employer wants you on his or her team, you’ve got some leverage. In addition to salary, things like benefits and the number of vacation days you’ll get are all up for discussion.
5. You’ll want to finalize everything before you begin your new job.
This includes giving two weeks’ notice at your current job if you have one, filling out all necessary paperwork, and nailing down a date to start your awesome new job.
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