Seriously, this is the best advice we can give you when it comes to looking for jobs. It seems something obvious, but given the lack of basic knowledge sometimes displayed by candidates about companies and locations, it is something I need to talk about.
It doesn't take too much time
When discussing a job, any job, it is very good practice to take some time (10—15 min is usually a good start) to find out more about the company you are applying to work at and where they are based.
Visiting their homepage is a good place to begin, but how about checking our Glassdoor, Twitter accounts, and even YouTube or Instagram? Who are the founders? Who are the people you will work with? Where are they coming from (check LinkedIn)?
Given that you are applying for a job and can potentially spend 40+ hours a week there for the foreseeable future, it would probably be a good idea to start forming an early opinion about the potential employer. After all, if you do not like what you see, do you really want to waste your time going through an entire interview process?
Curiosity is good
After doing some initial research on a company, chances are you think they might be interesting. You opinion is not entirely formed by this point, but this is where interviews and your research play a vital role.
By having done your research, you can now ask the company some great questions and very specific ones at that. After all, you have looked into things, and you want to clarify points. Going in “cold” without and preparation will stand out and additionally will make you feel less confident.
Do the research and your chances of having a more informative interview will go up dramatically.
Location, location, location
I can not stress this enough. Consider the location the employer is based in. Do not leave this to the very end when you are staring at an offer, as if it were the barrel of a loaded gun.
Be open-minded, but seriously read up about the location, ask questions, read city guides, get a feel for the place. There is, of course, no way you can form a complete opinion about a place without visiting it, however, at least make an effort to know what the place is like.
If you like tropical climate’s and mountains, then Berlin is probably not the place for you. If you like vibrant, artistic cities with a great party scene, then considering a job in Frankfurt may not be such a great idea either. These are all things that the internet will be able to give you a glimpse of. Take advantage of it and save yourself time and anguish.
Taking the time to do even a little research will mean that you are more confident in your approach and will be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to crunch time.
Deciding to accept a job offer is stressful in itself. When coupled with an international move, it can feel like a big mountain to climb. If you have done your research early, the decision will be a lot easier, less stressful and based on solid information gained through an organised process.
Save yourself the anguish and do your research.
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