6 discussions to have with a future boss

Discussions to have with a future boss

6 discussions to have with a future boss

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Are you still applying for jobs? When it comes to talking to a future boss, here are six discussions you’ll want to have.

There are some things you want to keep from a potential boss. These are things that may be going on in your life that you don’t want to affect the chances of getting the job. After all, who knows what life may have in store.

I’ll use an example from before I started working for myself. I was interviewing for multiple jobs after university and I was offered one. It wasn’t great or what I really wanted to do, but it paid the bills. So, I accepted the job but still interviewed for the jobs I wanted. I didn’t talk about this at the job that I was offered. Within a week of starting the job, I handed in my notice because I got a job that I wanted.

If you’re planning on having a family or have plans to go back to school, I’d keep those out of the discussions with a job. In fact, legally, you don’t need to bring a lot of things up.

Here are six things you will want to bring up in discussions.

Your plans for your career or hopes at the job

Where do you want to be with the company in five years’ time? Do you see yourself climbing the career ladder in the same place? If this is the case, talk about it. Share what you would like to achieve and how that affects the job—what good is it for them as you offer them loyalty?

If you aren’t planning on sticking around for long, I wouldn’t mention it. This isn’t going to do you many favors when it comes to the interview process.

One of my friends told her current boss that she was interested in growing in the company. That would mean growing the company as she works in sales. She got the job, although now she’s not seeing the progression she wants so she’s using that motivation to look for another job.

Expectations of salary

Not all companies will show the salary available for the role. The employer will want to know your expectations.

It’s really important to do your research. Look into the average salary for this type of role, and consider whether your expectations are too high (or even too low). It’s worth having this conversation with the employer anyway to find out his salary offering.

A future boss isn’t going to help you set this salary. They want to pay you as little as possible. My ex-husband went into an interview completely unprepared and low-balled himself. As women, we need to look at the average rate even more. If you can, talk to people in a similar job to find out what they’re making. It’s time to cut down that wage gap down more.

Talk to a future boss about working needs

There are many more people now working remote. Is this a job that can be done remotely? It’s worth having a discussion about what the opportunities are for this.

I wouldn’t work an office job in an office anymore. I like being able to work from home and have more flexibility. If I was going to start working for someone else, I would prefer to work remotely and I’d bring that up at the interview.

What about times to work? Could the job be done at any time of the day or are the working hours strict? There are certain times of the day that I work more productively, so it would be in a business’s best interest to be more flexible if possible. If faced with terminating a contract unjustly due to inflexible working hours, it’s important to seek appropriate legal guidance to ensure fair treatment and uphold contractual agreements.

Any planned and booked vacations

Do you already have vacations planned? A future boss should honor them if they know about them upfront. Don’t worry about this stopping you from getting a job. My ex-husband failed to disclose a date that he needed off when he started a job and he ended up almost losing out on it. Actually, I think he called in sick and risked his job.

Is there a particular week each year that you prefer to take off? This could be something to talk about at the interview, especially if you’ve been headhunted. They want you, so they may be able to make sure you get that specific week off. It’s not guaranteed, though.

Discuss medical needs with a future boss

Do you have a disability or medical needs? This is something your boss really needs to know. It can affect the type of jobs you can do, and whether you can get up and down the stairs or not. If you have allergies, it may also be worth mentioning them to your employer. They may be able to provide health benefits and help you get the facts on allergy drops and other treatments, if you’re interested, complete guide on allergy drops and find out!

You don’t need to go into detail. Just share a brief explanation and how it affects your work. In fact, under most disability acts, they will need to make those changes and they can’t turn you down just because of your disability and the required changes. Make sure to get SEN assessment and support for your ease of living.

Where the company sees itself in the future

All of these topics have been about what you need or what you can offer. What about the business? Is this a new and growing business or has it been around for a few years? What are the plans for the future? This is important so you know where you could be then.

One of my friends got a great job but the company was new. After three months, this business hadn’t grown the way it wanted and let go a lot of the newer hires, including my friend. Likewise, my ex-husband has now bought into a business that has a head office that is growing too big, too fast. It’s causing problems for getting customers because there are so many choices—plus, the places they’ve put the stores haven’t been thought out all that well. It’s important to know these things going in.

You’ll also want to discuss what happens when people are on long-term sick, vacation, parental leave, or when people leave for other workplaces. What happens to the extra work?

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What discussions do you plan to have with a future boss? What do you need to know about a job going in? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Alexandria Ingham is a professional writer. She predominately ghost-writes in various niches, including fitness, finance and technology Everything is fully researched and well-written. Under her own name, she writes in the technology, business, history and weight loss niches

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