Read The Warning Signs
07 Jul 2018
Something I wish I’d learned earlier in my career: The way companies run their recruiting process is a strong indicator for what it’s like to work there.— Cap Watkins (@cap) July 30, 2018
I used to excuse it with, “It’s probably different once you’re there full time.”— Cap Watkins (@cap) July 30, 2018
It’s not! It’s the same. Pay close attention to the signals and decide if the pros/cons are ones you’re good with.
This is also why it’s wicked hard to fix internal recruiting practices. It requires a reset of values, incentives, etc. for any and every team/person involved.— Cap Watkins (@cap) July 30, 2018
You can tell a lot about your initial experience with a company. I’ve had poor experiences with both big and small companies.
Conversely, I’ve had well managed experiences, between initial interactions as well as onboarding, indicative of companies who are intentional about every part of the company.
The recruitment process is a highly tension-filled time, but don’t ignore your spidey-sense about the clunky first experience, as it will most likely reflect the entire companies culture.