Before You Accept the Offer, Get Employee Testimonials

April 11, 2013

Career Advice

Before you accept the offerWe’ve touted the importance of references before — every job candidate needs them — but what about references for the company itself? After all, agreeing to a new job opportunity is a big deal. It’s also a huge time commitment and life change on your part. So how do you know if you’re the right fit? Employee testimonials.

I haven’t tried it myself, but I doubt that most companies will supply you with a list of references (read: current and former employees) at the end of your next interview. Don’t despair. There are plenty of ways for you to get the insider information you need before accepting an offer.

1. Get face-to-face time.
One thing you can do during an interview is to request to meet with your actual boss. This person will not always be the one interviewing you, so don’t expect him or her to be there. And if you have a group interview, don’t freak out. This is a great opportunity for you to see who you’d be working with everyday. Can you see yourself working side-by-side with these people?

2. Reach out to your network.
There it is again — the elusive network. Ask friends and friends of friends if they know anyone who works at Company X. Would they be willing to share their experiences with you? Or pass along the name and contact information of someone who would? Ask the difficult questions that you were too nervous to ask in the interview.

3. Scour the website.
Great companies have nothing to hide. There will be raving employee reviews all over their Facebook page and on their careers site. For example, Spectrum Brands has an entire series of videos focused on employee testimonials. When a company has taken time to gather testimonials like this — and you can see the sincerity on the employees’ faces — you should start feeling pretty good.

Image by SalFalko.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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