I had a pretty amazing internship this summer. Yet, as I came back on campus, with many recruiting choices at McCombs, I became overwhelmed with all my full-time career options.
Should I stay in brand marketing? Do I want to pay the premium to live in New York? What about consulting or going back to technology marketing? So many questions popped up.
My friend & MBA classmate posted this great quote from a very insightful Dell recruiter:
Look at 3 things very closely – the company, your role and your boss. Make sure you are happy with at least 2 out of those 3 at all times.
As I read the quote, I began to systematically evaluate my options by asking these questions.
Do you like the products and services the company is producing?
Do you like the people and culture at the company?
Is the company on solid financial and strategic footing?
Will the company give you the type of experience you want, both using your current skills and pushing you to develop new ones?
Do you like the job description?
Will you be happy waking up every morning (at the typically accepted time)?
Are you okay with doing the parts of the job that you may not like so much, whatever they may be?
You may not know on which team you’ll be working before accepting the offer. However, ask yourself…
Have I liked the managers I’ve met while interviewing or talking with people at the company?
What is the management training style at the company and are those things with which you agree?
Will you learn critical management skills during your internship/full-time job at the company?
According to the quote, make sure you like at least two (in my opinion, all three are pretty critical).
Good luck with recruiting and happy hunting!