Realistic Applications

August 12, 2014 at 12:53

Blog Leerschoon MV| Apply Realistic


How do you prevent your new job will be a disappointment?

Applying for a new job  is a funny game. The applicant puts his best foot forward and sell himself as well as possible. The organization does exactly the same. They sell the job and organization as well as possible.

A nice psychological game: I know that you know that I know, … etc. .. Because both parties know that they sell themselves as well as they can, they draw 20{bb424865dd66988ea20786012c1a7cc147adc192840b43e8cfb858ea798119ff} of each beautiful sales story. At this point it isn’t overselling …..yet. And because they know that the other party exaggerates 20{bb424865dd66988ea20786012c1a7cc147adc192840b43e8cfb858ea798119ff} , they strengthen their sales pitch by another 20{bb424865dd66988ea20786012c1a7cc147adc192840b43e8cfb858ea798119ff}. At this point its overselling in its optima forma.

Expectations getting bigger and bigger. This can only lead to disappointments with both the new employee and the organization. Two possible consequence will occur:

The performance of the new employee is below standard, the employee has to be sold well and does not meet the expectations. The employer feels cheated. This ultimately always leads to involuntary dismissal.

Low commitment of the new employee, the organization doesn’t live up to the inflated expectations and the employee wants to leave. The most common reason to leave a company are the unfulfilled!

The cost to the employer are high: recruitment costs, introduction costs, supervision, salary costs, loss of productivity because someone usually is fully productive after half a year, costs related to severance and costs for finding a new employee and most imported internal and external negative publicity.

The costs for the  new hired employee are also high: career break, unemployment, again looking for a new job and having to explain why the last job “failed”.

As an applicant, how can you prevent this?

By applying realistic. Realistic applying means no other than that you:

  • Ensure that you get a realistic picture of the employer, the position and the people get.
  • Ensure that the employer get a realistic picture of you (skills, knowledge, motivation, personality and future)

Examine, the following issues during the application process: standards and values ​​of the organization (how as a company you approach your customers and your people, etc.), freedom within the job (what can you decide, what are the priorities), career possibilities, opportunities for training, management style (people or more task oriented?), working conditions and the gap between official and expected labour hours.


Do research: is the employer known for its good HR management, how many reorganizations in the last 5 to 10 years, stories from (former) employees on social media. How evaluate third parties the culture of the employer, what are internet complaints about the service or products?


Smart questions during the interview

About the job and organization:

  • This function has many challenging aspects. What did the previous employee the most difficult in this position?
  • I love a challenge. What are the most stressful aspects of this function?
  • What type of people are successful in your organization?
  • What three things would you change concerning department, executives and culture
  • What value your employees (customers) most in your organization. What would they like to change?
  • What are the most important issues  that come out of the employee satisfaction survey forward?

About yourself:

  • Indicate under what management style do you excel the best.
  • Identify what your most appealing results are, but also about the difficulties that you encountered.
  • Describe yourself as a person: where is your passion, what are your interests on non work-area.
  • Indicate how you developed yourself in the last 5 years both  personally  and as a professionally.
  • What were you most important learning moments, from which managers have the most learned
  • Indicate which aspects of the job you have to learn more or want to spar with an expert.
  • Nobody conforms 100{bb424865dd66988ea20786012c1a7cc147adc192840b43e8cfb858ea798119ff} to the job profile, if you have too little experience at key points it is wiser not to apply.

After the first interview (for the final signature to the contract):

Ask for a tour

Turn a day on the ward

Ask to speak with the former officer (if possible)

Following this approach, you have a realistic picture of the job, the people and the organization. Now you can make a good assessment of whether you will be successful at this new employer. If so: set up a good negotiating game on remuneration, working conditions, training, next career steps. If not, a good conversation telling why at this moment you’re not the right candidate for the job.

The most important tip: do not get blinded. Continue to use your common sense and “do not overtake when in doubt.”