10 great questions to ask potential employers before you accept a job to ensure you are happy, trained and supported

  1. What hours will I be working?

You need to know if it will be cost-effective for you if you need to travel to their location

  1. When will those hours be?

You want to know if this will work around your other commitments or if it is different every week or last-minute how this may impact your personal life or other commitments

  1. Where will I work?

If it is mainly remote working or working from home, you need to assess if this is suitable. A barking dog or young child may add a lot of distractions and pressure unless you can manage this. Also; if you are working from your bedroom do you have space and equipment to do this? Could the employer provide this for you if you do not already have it?

  1. What equipment will be provided for the job?

Do you need to use your own or will they provide you with what you need? You need to know what is expected that you have and if this would cost you any more money

  1. What training will I receive?

This is one of the most critical questions you need to ask. The reason why you are undertaking any job is to progress and learn new skills. You need to be confident you will receive the training needed and this meets your expectations. If it does not, then are you willing to invest in training yourself or ask for a contribution from your employer?

  1. What will you want me to demonstrate to you within the first month in terms of skills?

    This will impress the employer whilst also giving you the opportunity to understand what is expected of you. One of the things that annoy people is when their employer does not set any expectations, by not doing so you have no idea if you are doing well or not. If you want job security, you want to know how you are performing against their expectations. If you are not performing well you can ask for help and if you are performing well you can use this as a way of selling yourself to the employer at the end of the 6-month term as you have met or exceed their expectations

  1. Who will I go to if I have any questions or need help?

Having training is essential. Having regular support, a mentor, coach, or supportive network is equally important. You will find yourself daunted, feeling frustrated, demotivated, stress and fearful if you do not have a ‘go-to’ team, community, and coach. Find yourself this support if you ever feel you do not get enough this when you are employed.

  1. When would they be available?

If they have limited availability the find an additional support network to help you. Having a support network outside of the company is beneficial too. You can feel more comfortable asking questions and not feeling stupid. When you can ask questions when you want, this may be out of hours you are more likely going to be able to learn quickly and also avoid spiraling into a feeling of stress, anxiousness, and feeling like a failure

  1. If I find a training course or mentoring support service would you be willing to consider helping pay towards it if it were reasonable and you could see the benefits of this?

You may not feel comfortable asking this question however if you feel the training, they are offering will be sufficient then you should ask this question. If they are not supportive then you may feel that you would not be valued by that employer so this could be something you need to think about

  1. If the business is going well and you can see the value of me to your company what opportunities could be available for me in the future?

This will let the employer know you plan to stick around. This is important to employers, especially when recruiting young people as Generation Z will more likely move between jobs if they are not gaining the development they crave.

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