Here are some questions that you should get answered first and foremost. Many of these are not things that you can ask during your interview. So before you finally sign the appointment letter, check with your
What type of work will I be doing?
Check with the HR about your designation and the kind of work that you will be expected to do. Ask questions about what all will the job profile include and what the company expects from you.
Ask about the team members?
It’s good to be around good people. Talk to the HR about your team. If there are talented and smart people in your team, work is more likely to be fun. This will help you grow professionally. Good team members indicate that the team is capable, but the lack of them might also indicate that you will have the opportunity to build the team’s capabilities.
What are the pay, benefits etc?
Ask the HR members to clearly define all the salary related provisions. Be it benefits, tax provisions, deductions or reimbursement, everything should have a prior clarity.
How many casual and sick leaves do I get?
Every company has a certain number of casual and sick leaves allotted to the employees. Ask the HR about the number of leaves allotted to you and the process of getting it approved. Ask about the provisions for late comings of taking a half day from the office. Make sure to have the details of the person you need to inform in case of any emergency.
What are the promotion opportunities?
It’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than halfway up one you don’t. This is very good advice, and something you must keep in mind when you are considering the new job. So ask about the growth opportunities and the scope of promotions in the organisation. Try asking about how and what all needs to be done to broaden the scope of climbing the hierarchical ladder.
How is the working culture of the company?
Is it a fun place to work? Is there a strict dress code? Is there a great social life outside of the office? Are the hours somewhat flexible, or do you have to be there exactly at 9 AM and leave at 5 PM? Is lunch a strict one-hour affair, or is there wiggle room? Are there office parties and gift exchanges? Is the office full of cliques that make it difficult to fit in and make friends? You want to know as much about the culture as you can. You spend more time at the office than you do at home, so it should be a place you enjoy working at.
By asking for the above details you not only satisfy your job quests but also prepare yourself for the excitement that’s coming with the new job offer. Once you’re contented with everything, the workplace will be a fun place to be. This will help you work with sheer dedication and passion.