“Strategic investment decision making has all the elements of a classic cost-benefit analysis”
Dr. Ralph Adler, 2013
OK – so let’s start here and call this career move: A Strategic Investment.
Prior to a formal interview, a prospective employer may offer you the chance to informally come along to gain more of an understanding about a role – this is your chance to:
a] Give an amazing first impression (don’t get carried away with the fact that this is ‘informal’ – of course it isn’t!)
b] Conduct a friendly cost-benefit analysis to figure out how this role will work for you. It sounds like a business deal, because it is a business deal – the more informed both parties are, the more likely this long-term investment is going to work.
During the informal interview, you should bear in mind questions that deal with the following points:
- To maintain the saleability of your fantastic career, life-long learning is almost certainly a part of the deal – embrace this, and question what training they currently offer, and plan to offer in the future in-line with changes in the industry. Show willing – here, you invest your time for both the company and yourself, and they invest their funding to push you to excel; in turn benefitting company outcomes.
- Show off your industry/knowledge of cutting edge medical equipment and ask your prospective employer where they stand on new technologies and what plans there are for procurement in the next few years
- Does this organisation have close links with others in the field – are you going to be able to network relatively smoothly? Are their joint-projects between companies?
- This sort of information should be in their latest annual report – swot up before you go, and base some questions about the future of the organisation – this way you’ll get an understanding of your potential position in 1-5 years.
- How does this organisation maintain top class customer service? Here you’re demonstrating a keen interest in the outward reputation and becoming personally involved prior to being offered the role – this may strengthen their investment perception of you.
- This relates to technology too – are the systems up to date, or are there plans to improve in-line with competitors? How do they analyse their market position in terms of customer satisfaction?
What don’t you ask?
- Salary band
- General tasks involved
Why? Because you’ll know all this from meticulously studying the job description and person specification!