Do not get recruited exclusively online

A few weeks ago, a person close to me, received two very interesting job offers. The offers came from organizations of a different nature but were financially comparable. In both cases, the recruitment process was entirely online, and three stages of interviews were organized, during which she met her immediate supervisor, team members, and decision-makers at the headquarters. She did not know which offer to choose, and she wanted to choose well.

I advised her to arrange a short meeting in the office of each of the companies.

Choosing the best (for us) workplace can be compared to some extent to buying a flat. I suspect most of you have heard this inner voice at least once that it was the right choice. You felt the amazing aura of the premises, you were stunned by the rays of the sun falling through the balcony window into the living room, which you have already arranged with your imagination into comfortable furniture.

Is this how we should feel after entering the office of the future employer?

This one visit, even a short one, will surely provide additional information that will help you make the right decision. You will feel the atmosphere prevailing in the company, you will take a look at the moods of employees, and you will know the way in which they communicate with each other. You will observe whether they are depressed, tired, or smiling at each other. You will assess whether the company seems to be dynamic or dormant, chaotic or well-organized. You will check how the office space is arranged, what the access looks like, and how much it takes.

Does a visit to the employer’s office have or should be significant in the process of making a decision to change jobs? Does this also apply if our work will be entirely performed online?

Monika Ciesielska
President at IMSA Search Global Partners. An experienced consultant in the recruitment of the management staff, including board members, and a leader of the recruiting team in the IT/Tech area. Enthusiast of digital transformation of HR processes. Podcaster at "Skrzydlaty HR" and "Top Leaders Club".
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