Thursday, February 16, 2012

Obstacles that Can Keep a New Hire from Succeeding

When looking for a job, it can be helpful to consider any obstacles you might face that could get in the way of your success and job satisfaction once you’re hired. Being mindful of potential obstacles can guide the type of questions you pose to a prospective employer during an interview.

The following are just a few of the obstacles to think about that might pose a problem after you’re hired.

Poor Onboarding Process

The onboarding process—or orientation—is designed to help new employees gain a better understanding of the company and how they fit into the organization. The ultimate goal is to make new employees productive as quickly as possible. When done correctly, onboarding can take several months. However, some companies take a “sink or swim” approach, making it more difficult to understand the big picture and how you fit in. It’s best to know which approach the company takes before you accept the job.

Lack of Communication

Poor communication on management’s part can negatively affect the work you do, especially when you’re just learning the ropes. It is difficult to succeed if you don’t clearly understand your responsibilities and/or management’s expectations, so do your best to identify these up front.

Job Misrepresentation

When you start a new job, you should have a good idea of what your new job entails when it comes to tasks, workload, and the hours required. The more you know up front, the less chance you’ll find yourself in a position you wish you had never accepted.

Culture Misfit

A company’s culture and its people can be extremely important when it comes to job satisfaction. Identifying the company culture early should help you mesh with your new co-workers. No one wants to work where they don’t fit in.

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