When you have a job offer on the table, there are a ton of things you have to consider. There is only only question to ask before taking a job.
Is the salary right? No that isn’t it.
Did I get the office I wanted? Not even close to the question you should ask!
Are my benefits good? Closer, but still not it.
We spend more time with our work team than we do with our own families. These people will be working shoulder to shoulder with you five, sometimes more days a week. Why wouldn’t you want to ensure they are the type of people you want to be around?
When I look at jobs, I have to admit the first thing I look at is the team I will be on. I have worked on a number of teams that I just did not respect, appreciate or have anything in common with. It was soul-sucking to say the least.
There are some question you should ask yourself during this evaluation process. Here are a few:
- Would I be inspired by the team I will be on?
- Do they have the skill sets I want to have?
- Will they challenge me to be better and up my game?
- Do they have the same motivation I have?
If the answer to any of these questions is “No”, you need to reconsider if this is the best move for you to make. You can believe in the company and feel that the total package may overcompensate for the deficiency in the team but I promise you, if you will not be “leveled up” by the team you will work with, the other perks will not matter.
So remember the only question to ask before taking a job is, “Is the team I will work with people I want to be with?”
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