I recently wrote a post about the warning signs I should have noticed before I took a job, or two or three, and leapt onto a number of sinking ships.
While those experiences weren’t always fun (sometimes they were), they were very educational and they make for good stories now.
But I wouldn’t want to imply that all my work experiences involve candidates for the Dysfunctional Hall of Fame. I’ve also worked for great organizations with great colleagues.
Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
I have to say I disagree with Tolstoy, at least when it comes to businesses. I think every business has its unique way of doing practically everything, but there are characteristics shared by most unhappy ones, and most happy ones, too.
Here are 4 signs hinting that you should take the job:
Energy – Once, when I was looking for a used car, as soon as I got in a vehicle and started it, my partner turned to me and said, “Buy this car.” It was in great shape, with power and energy to spare. If you like that feeling in a car, you’ll love it in a job. If you want to work in a place that’s hitting on all cylinders, pay attention when you walk through the door. Do you sense a little hum, like you’re on a ship, or as if everyone has had a few cups of the same strong brand of coffee? This could be a very good sign, it could even indicate –
A Shared Vision – Business consultants love to talk about this, and lots of places pay it lip service, but the real thing makes work a gas. When you and your colleagues are pursuing the same goal, it turns work into an adventure. How can you tell if a company has this wonderful thing going for it? It’s not what managers say, or inspirational posters proclaim. It’s a sense you get of ongoing anticipation, as if people throughout the organization are looking forward to the same thing – which just might be their future.
An Easy Interview – If you find that you and your interviewer have a lot to say to each other – within legally appropriate limits, of course – take the job. Just as ace musicians spur each other on, business colleagues can inspire each other, too. Working with people who stimulate you can help you take your career to another level, and enjoy the process.
Laughter – When I think of places where I’ve enjoyed working, I always remember laughter, and not just anybody’s laughter – the boss’s laughter. If you hear laughter ringing through the halls when you walk in for a job interview, you might have just walked into a great job.
What telltale signs clue you into a good job situation?
by Danielle Dresden