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Due diligence – Two sides important for “fit”

Excellent employers require that diligence be conducted on individuals being considered for positions being staffed. Due diligence is traditionally done within the employer’s requirements and framework. The reason is to ascertain “fit” to the corporate culture. If they do not or conduct what is generally called “drive-by” references, the warning signs should become apparent any potential candidate.

Even though deemed to be a great “fit” by the employer, logic behooves that persons being considered for an appointment, should conduct their own due diligence prior to accepting an offer of employment!

A quick but thorough audit should go beyond the fiscal results and objectives of the organization and could be framed by a few (amongst others) questions:

  1. Do the Mission, Vision and Values align with your observations?
  2. Will you be proud of the product and services that are being produced?
  3. Are their corporate ethics consistent with your values?
  4. Is there a statement of support for the environment?
  5. What do you know about the corporate culture?

Without positive answers to these questions, the lack of “fit” will become quickly evident and a new job search may be on the horizon.

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