Let’s say that you and your prospective employer come to a satisfactory arrangement and you accept a new position. Surely you can loosen the purse strings a bit and relax now, right? Well, maybe. Sometimes promises and expectations don’t align with reality. While this can sometimes occur because a company is deceptive, other times this happens because everyone — both employer and potential employee — are just overly optimistic during the interview and hiring process.
In many ways, getting a new job is like dating. Just like we put our best foot forward during the early stages of a new romance, employers and job seekers want to put their best foot forward during the interview process too. The big difference is that many people wait months or even years before they move in together and get married. But when it comes to accepting employment, you are expected to make an informed decision about whether or not to commit to a new job after only one or two interviews — and sometimes neither are even face-to-face meetings!
This is just another reason why it is so important to have a fully stocked savings account, even if the stars seem to be aligning early on. You don’t want to overextend yourself financially to take a new job only to find that you hate it. After all, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Additionally, not all the reasons to like or hate a job have to do with the work itself or even company policies. Your coworkers can have a huge impact on whether or not you enjoy your job, since many times you work more closely with your peer colleagues than your supervisors. Unfortunately, while you almost always get an opportunity to meet with your prospective supervisor during the interview process, it is less common to get to meet all the individuals that you would be working with prior to starting a job.
Sometimes positions become vacant because a particular individual is difficult to work with. Although you can’t always find this out in advance, it never hurts to ask during the interview process why the position came open. Additionally, you can ask to meet the folks you would be working with the most prior to making a decision about whether to accept an employment offer.
Your coworkers can impact your budget
However, liking your coworkers can easily turn into a different type of financial pressure. Maybe it turns out that your colleagues celebrate everyone’s birthdays, weddings, and new babies. Maybe everyone goes out to lunch together every day or maybe their tradition is that everyone adjourns to the local watering hole for happy hour once or twice a week.
That type of genuine friendliness can create a type of financial and social pressure that can be challenging to combat. At least, not without ruining the collegial atmosphere that may very well be what you enjoy most about the job in the first place! Have you ever faced the challenge of spendy colleagues? How did you compromise how you socialize without alienating your coworkers?
Have you ever had a colleague or supervisor who made your working life miserable? What did you do about it? Was the situation one that you think you could have identified in advance, had you known what to ask? What advice would you give someone who was trying to determine whether they would get along with potential colleagues prior to taking a job?