When you’re applying for jobs, there are certain aspects that you may want to keep out of the discussion. This could be whether you’re planning on a family (which you can legally keep out in most cases) or whether you have plans to go back to school. There are certain things that will really help your future boss, and he should respect you for coming forward with them. Here are six discussions you should have with a future boss.
Your Plans for Your Career
What do you see yourself doing in five years time? Your future boss will want to know this because he wants to know you’re the best for the company. It could include extra training so you can progress in the company, or your plans may be to jump ship. If this is just a stop-gap job but not designed with that in mind, you may want to reconsider whether you should apply for the job.
Expectations of Salary
Not all companies will show the salary available for the role. The employer will want to know your expectations. It’s really important to do your research. Look into the average salary for this type of role, and consider whether your expectations are too high (or even too low). It’s worth having this conversation with the employer anyway to find out his salary offering.
Do you tend to work overtime without requesting the pay? Do you like to leave the office as soon as the bell rings? Your boss needs to know about your working habits, and whether you have bad habits that will be detrimental to the company. You also need to know more about the role, and what your boss will expect from you when it comes to working late, coming in early and even working from home.
Any Planned Vacations
Do you already have vacations planned? Future bosses will honour them if they know about them upfront. Don’t worry about this stopping you from getting a job. There are chances that everyone else has at least one week that they would already like off. Make sure you make them clear before you accept a job, because there is no guarantee of getting the time off afterwards.
Are You Pregnant?
You don’t need to disclose this but it could be something worthwhile. Would you really like to hire someone who is going to be leaving after a few months? Not only that, but wouldn’t you like the heads up so you need to find the temporary cover? You don’t need to discuss your family plans right now, but at least make your future boss aware of your pregnancy. This is especially the case if you’re closer to the end and its visible.
There is the fear that discussing this will lead to you losing out on the position. If you’re in your first trimester, there’s no need to disclose anything. After all, many expectant mothers refuse to share this with their closest friends and family until the 12 week mark. The main issue is when you’re showing.
Any Medical Needs
Do you have a disability or medical needs? This is something your boss really needs to know. It can affect the type of jobs you can do, and whether you can get up and down the stairs or not. You don’t need to go into detail. Just share a brief explanation and how it affects your work.
Being open and honest is important when talking to a future boss. This shows integrity, but also prevents problems later on if you are offered the job. The above are great discussions you should have with a future boss, but not just the only ones to consider.
I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it. While history and weight loss are two of my favorite topics, I love writing about absolutely anything and even have fictional pieces in the works.