When it comes down to it, the job search is really a two-way street. While employers are on the lookout for the best technical employees, you as a candidate need to take advantage of the opportunity to see if the company in question is the best place for your career. Be sure to observe closely, as your “candidate experience” needs to play a large factor in any decision to accept a job offer.
The Recruiting Process
If a potential employer contacts you without the benefit of a recruiter from a staffing company acting in the middle, pay close attention to their professionalism during any phone call or email. Many larger, more stable firms exclusively use staffing agencies, so take the time to research the company — their history and potential for success — before going any further.
Working at startups and SMBs can be a rewarding and potentially lucrative experience, but the risk is greater. Be sure to find out as much as you can at this point in the process.
The Application and Interview
Some companies have you fill out an application before interviewing you, while others save the application as a formality before your start date after you’ve already accepted a position. The interview is arguably your best chance to get a feel for your potential new employer.
This is a chance for your research into the company to pay off. Ask some pointed questions about their current project work and their technology stack. It is important to note whether or not the company is forward-looking as far as technology, or if you will be stuck working on dated languages and databases should you accept a position.
Additionally, pay attention to your surroundings if the interview is on-site. Does the office look organized? Is their current staff engaged and hard at work? These questions provide meaningful insight into their culture and whether or not a job here would be a good fit for you.
If you need any additional advice on deciphering the “candidate experience” when on a job hunt, talk to the experts at APN Consulting. As one of the top technical staffing companies in the New York area, we work with the leading companies in the area and are able to place you in the best possible positions for your career.