job recruitment agencies sydney {module_menu,579933}
job seekers recruitment agencies sydney

Job Seekers




Career Check

Having found a job that interests you there are a number of useful questions to ask both of yourself and your potential employer.

›› Corporate Culture

›› What is the Workflow?

›› Who are the Clients?

›› Working Environment

›› Conditions - Standard or Negotiable?


Corporate culture

Is this company right for me?

A large percentage of companies and employees part ways because of "fit" issues as opposed to technical issues such as skills or knowledge. Therefore it's important to understand the corporate culture of the workplace you may be going into. Questions you could ask- either at the interview or a follow up call - to gain an insight as to whether or not you would "fit in" include:

  • Why has the position become available?
  • What is the average staff turnover?
  • What are the qualities or skills of successful people in this position?
  • If it's a new position, what are the qualities of the most successful people in this department/company?
  • What performance indicators are used in reviewing staff?

In addition to a company's culture,find out their business philosophy. For example, how does management view their relationships with clients, are clients internal or external. Do they see it as important to engage the ultimate decision-maker throughout the design process? By asking these kinds of questions, you'll learn if their business values align with yours.


What is the Work flow?

It's important to find out as much as you can your role in the company. As well as asking open questions such as "What sort of work will I be doing?", ask the interviewer to detail the process of how a typical job is processed - from initiation to finish. This will provide a clearer picture of both your role and the relationship between it and other parts of the the department or team members.


Who are the Clients?

A recent survey revealed that most employees who were interviewed were willing to accept a little less compensation to work with a company that offered greater prestige. While some designers consider this undesirable or even unfair, others consider it a worthwhile trade-off. For them, money takes a back seat to the opportunity to work with a studio or company that offers the chance to work with a well-known and respected creative team and a blue chip client base.

Some companies have reputations that speak for themselves. If a company's reputation isn't apparent, it's important to do some research before and during the interview. Check out the company's website and, if you know some other designers in the same market, contact them and ask what their impressions are.

During the interview, be sure to review recent work that they've completed for at least 3-5 clients. Request a list of the clients the position will be assigned to and ask to see recent samples of those client pieces. If it's a new account, ask to see what they used to pitch and win the account. The scrutiny you engage in will not only help you better understand the reputation of the company, it will also reveal a lot about budgets and the company's production standards.


Working Environment

For some people the aesthetics of their working environment are critical, for others it is irrelevant. If it's important to you make sure you get the opportunity to have a good look around.. You may be spending more time at the office than at any other place - so if it affects your ability to perform make sure the environment suits you!

Viewing the work area also gives you an opportunity to assess their technology and the general feel of the place. WHile looks can be deceiving make sure it is the sort of place you will be be able to work in.


Conditions - Standard or Negotiable?

In addition to salary and duties be clear on what conditions are set and what are negotiable. When considering salary, for example, you may be able to think outside the square in offsetting money in the hand with other things of value. Make sure you understand what a salary package consists of -

  • In addition to wages, what if any are the provisions for superannuation?
  • How and when are bonuses or commissions paid?
  • Is there any provision for taking up stock or other equity options?
  • Are there any other components to a salary package, (such as on-site parking, paid health insurance, etc).

Some of these issues may not be discussed in an initial interview but only when a position has been offered or at least is likely. Any subsequent interview or follow -up phone call prior to accepting a job offer should clarify these issues.

There are a number of other issues which may influence your decision to accept a particular job. These may not be raised directly in an interview but should be clarified before you accept a position. For example:

  • Freelancing - Is it permitted or encouraged? If yes, are there any limitations aside from client conflicts?
  • Overtime - What is typical in any given week?
  • Location - Does the company have more than one office at which you may work? Do they have any plans to relocate
  • Flexi-time - If available, how does it work in practice? Are any there any limitations on your use of this policy. For example, flexi- time between 7 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. sounds good but are there restrictions in setting your own start or finish time?
  • Are there core meetings or events which must be attended?



Job Seekers




Recruitment Contact

Enter Word Verification in box below *
Captcha Image
Recruitment Process   Recruitment Process  
Job Resources   Our Guarantee  
Career Check   Send your Enquiry  
Finding your Dream Job   Add your Vacancy  
Perfecting your Resume    
Interview Process      
How we  Help  

O&P Recruitment Agency

Send your Resume   Company Overview  
Add your Profile   Recruitment News   Copyright © 2011 O&P Recruitment. All rights reserved.
Recruitment FAQ's   Privacy & Terms