Thursday, May 19, 2005

About to Sign the Dotted Line? A Checklist

  • Know who your prospective manager.
  • Get information from your prospective manager on the attrition rate in the team. His/her answer would be a good indicator on the kind of manager he/she is. Obviously, lesser the attrition, more successful the manager.
  • Find from him/her your first assignment and how you would be considered successful--you would know how much thought has gone into working out your role description or how important the role is to the organization.
  • Insist on meeting other members of the organization--you would get a clue of the culture and the people in the organization and whether you really fit in that environment.
  • If you aren't happy with the salary being offered, make sure your prospective mananger knows of it and find out how they plan to address this concern once you onboard. Typically, if you aren't really happy with the salary offered and salary is your primary motivator, I would recommend not accepting the offer--I believe that one of the best times for negotiation is just before joining and if the organization is unrelenting at that point, its unlikely that things would turn dramatically later (I'm not sure if I'm being pessimistic here :).
  • If you have a long holiday in the horizon, let your new manager know--Its my experience that honesty works.

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