Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 39

February 02, 2020

2020 is off to recruiters blasting emails and promoting whatever company they are working for with renewed efforts. I’ve seen some priceless gems in the last 30 days. I have to admit, trying to convince someone who has worked remotely for the past 4 years that commuting to an office in the suburbs and a 2 week PTO is something everything should thrive for is pretty pointless. I did the math and for one particular job it would cost me at minimum 250 hours a year in the car, countless hours of lost productivity, shopping for office friendly outfits (I hate shopping for clothes) during weekends when I’d rather be outdoors and a cherry on the top - a commuter car plus all associated costs.

I realized that in addition to the usual (what is the postion, where, why etc) there are 10 questions I like to ask recruiters to get an idea what the company and its culture are about:

  1. What are the top skills required to do well in this job?
  2. Tell me about training and development opportunities for new and current employees?
  3. Who are my direct reports, who will I be reporting to and who are key partners for this role?
  4. What are the company’s core values? How do they put these into practice?
  5. What does the day-to-day for this position look like?
  6. How did this postion become available?
  7. How long have you been working with the company? What do you love most about working here?
  8. What are the areas to focus on in the first 30, 90, 180 days?
  9. Can you share data on the company’s diversity?

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Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter