By Komal Azhar
While being interviewed for any position, one key question that often arises is that “Why do you think you are a good fit for the company?”. At that moment, we recall the answer that was rote learned for this particular question before appearing for the interview, and conveniently deliver it.
What we often miss is the crucial step that comes prior to the interview. We need to sit back and think about whether the organization is right for us. Give importance to yourself and your opinion, because only YOU are aware about your professional aspirations. Therefore, when I heard that “so & so” company has the best Management Trainee Program in Pakistan, I didn’t just take their word for it. Instead, I explored what qualities lead them to be the “best” among other programs.
Here are a few tips to gauge if you and your organization are a perfect match for each other.
- Question yourself
Before you move ahead with any decision, discover yourself and ask some basic questions on the basis of which you will decide further the kind of organization you want to join.
- Are you more comfortable working solo or in teams?
- Do you want to work in a casual, friendly work environment or a completely professional one?
- Would you opt for flexi hours or strict 9 to 5 jobs?
- Are you comfortable with frequent traveling?
- Do you want to socialize with your colleagues after work or not?
These are just a few of the many questions that you should be questioning yourself on.
- Ask for the Job Description
A job description is a document that will list down what the organization wants from you in a role. But more importantly, it tells you whether you want to manage those responsibilities DAILY for a few dedicated years of your life. If you are the least bit skeptical about those duties, then simply back off, because trust me, you do not want to work in a role that you won’t enjoy.
Unfortunately, in Pakistan, the concept of JD is nearly non-existent. Companies usually do not develop it, and if they do, it is merely a “copy-paste” version of other JDs found online for the same position. While organizations do not usually send it in our country, I suggest do not shy away from asking for this essential document before going for the interview; read it carefully and clarify any questions you have over an email or in the interview itself.
- Engage in research
When interacting with the company in any form, be very vigilant. Take indications from every interaction, because they will give you clues to your puzzle!
Explore the company on all digital platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Snapchat and what not! Study the company’s website in detail. Talk to people working in the organization and ask them about their experiences and specifically about the role you are interested in/applying for. Questioning them will give you an inside view of the workplace, which will help you gauge the culture of that organization. Specifically look at what values and practices they hold dearly, then analyze whether the same values are coherent with your personality. For example, if you someone who is comfortable with flexible working hours, then a job with traditional 9 – 5 work arrangements will demotivate you.