I like to distill things into simple ideas in order to help people see things more clearly. That is how I came up with a simple model for determining what you will be expected to do when you join a new firm.
In my way of thinking, employers ask people to do one of three tasks in a new job:
- Manage people who do stuff.
- Do stuff.
- Think about how things could be done better.
Most jobs have a certain amount of each as part of their description; however, the weight of the job will emphasize one component or another.
So when you are interviewing for a job where you expect to manage and the employer is spending most of their time talking about “doing stuff”, how much managing will you be doing.
If you interview for a job where you expect to be “thinking about how stuff can be done better,” and they talk about managing staff or “doing stuff”, how much planning or thinking do you think you’ll actually be doing?
Do you think you’ll be happy doing what they want you to do?
I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t accept such a position if offered; in fact, many people will strengthen their credentials and make them stronger candidates for better firms if they do.
However, I do want you to make a conscious choice and not be surprised as so many are.
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