This is the question I get asked quite a bit in the lead up to and after a new employer interview: Which employers are the best for me?
If you’ve been struggling to find work, the question could be answered with a resounding “no.”
But if you’ve already secured a job, and the next step is to find the perfect fit, here are some questions to ask.
Do I need to change jobs?
The best job search advice is to focus on the jobs that are most suitable for you.
If you are a freelance writer, consider doing an internship at a magazine, a web-design firm, or a tech startup.
If not, there are plenty of positions that pay well enough to pay you more than the minimum wage, so consider applying for those too.
If your goal is to work at the top tier of an organization, consider an agency or consulting firm that focuses on that type of work.
If there is a role that doesn’t fit you, consider starting a freelance web-hosting company.
If all else fails, consider attending a startup conference.
If the answer to this question is “yes,” then you probably should start looking at your next employer.
For example, you may have a great relationship with the founder of the company and you think the job is going to be great.
But your boss is likely not thrilled with the way your work is being handled.
Or, you’re trying to get a new internship at the same company as the founder, but your boss isn’t as supportive of your work.
When the hiring manager comes to interview you, she may ask you questions about your experience in that role, such as how well you can manage multiple projects, and whether or not you have experience managing multiple projects in the past.
But if the manager can’t get you on the same page, she’s likely going to find it difficult to convince you to work for her company.
Will my new employer be able to handle my personality and experience?
If the hiring director or HR person asks you to meet with them, you can ask to speak with someone from your current company, or ask to work with someone you’re familiar with.
Or maybe you’re interested in going into a position that has more of an HR focus, such the sales and customer service roles.
If that doesn