If you’ve just been hired with a new company, you can expect to go through some sort of onboarding process.
While HR professionals understand the value of ‘organizational socialization,’ it is also an important means for you determine if this job is going to be a good fit for you in the long term. The onboarding process reveals a lot about a company’s culture, its values and its commitment to giving its employees the tools they need to succeed in their organization.
So, what should you look for during your interview and early days on the job to evaluate your new company’s employee onboarding process? This article will outline some key features to pay attention that will either welcome you in the door or send you running in the other direction.
The Value Of The Interview
While the onboarding process does not take place until after you’ve been hired, you can extract some information during the interview to help you decide whether you want to take the job. The following questions can help you get a lay of the land before you accept their offer:
- Could you tell me about your onboarding process?
- Would it be possible for me to look at your company handbook?
- Does your company have any unique procedures or processes that I should be aware of?
- What can new employees expect during their first 90 days with your company?
- What types of tools will I need to succeed in this position? How long does it typically take to set new employees up with these tools?
The points above are just a few ways you can use your interview to discover more about the onboarding process and human resources training offered. If the person/people you are interviewing with have difficulty answering these questions, or go on the defensive, then this may be a sign of a bad place to work.
If you are satisfied with the answers that you receive, and accept an offer for a job, then you can use the section below to navigate your way through the onboarding process.
Making The Most of The Onboarding Process
The first few days of your new job are the best time to tap into the resources available to you and ask important questions that might be difficult to get answers to later.
The HR professionals at your new company have likely gone through a lot of work to secure you as an employee through applicant tracking systems and various other HR resources, which means that they want you to have a good onboarding experience. They want you to feel like you have a place at the company and acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to become a productive member of your team.
A strong onboarding process will include a variety of elements, including:
- Setting up your personal workspace
- Receiving an overview of the organizational structure of your department
- Reviewing your role in the company and the expectations it carries
- New employee orientation using two factor theory
- Introductions to coworkers and executives in the company
- Providing you with access to necessary areas in the building, systems and documents that apply to your job
- And the list goes on…
An efficient and thorough onboarding process is a critical component of a healthy workplace and can have the added benefit of reducing employee turnover. Whether you are interviewing for a position, or are about to start a new job, it’s important to determine the strength of the company’s onboarding process and to take full advantage of it.
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