When talking to hiring managers about taking on new personnel, I always say this. Seriously, I do it all the time. It's easy for a seasoned manager to take the simple things that come with experience for granted. However, a new employee who walks through the front door for the first time has no idea what those minor things are. Some issues will naturally be covered by HR or whoever is in charge of the onboarding process. However, because Orientation attendees often represent various positions, departments, and demands, these topics are likely to be handled highly. The hiring manager's role as a significant partner in this process is crucial.
Of course, the hiring manager is often the point person for coordinating much of the on-the-job training that will assist the new employee getting started in his role, whether he is delivering the training himself or delegating it to another team member. We've begun armed new employees with a list of questions to ask their managers to supplement their on-the-job training. Many of these are simple (but frequently missed) inquiries. They also assist the new employee in finding his footing and assimilating into the team's culture.
1. When will I have evaluations and informal check-ins?
This question will assist you in comprehending the company's evaluation and feedback procedures. It's helpful to know how often you'll have a formal review so you can plan to fulfill your objectives. You can discover how to judge how well you're doing or if you have areas that require improvement before your formal evaluation by inquiring about more informal performance reviews.
2. Who can I ask if I have questions or need help?
As a new employee, you'll have many questions as you go through the many processes and tasks. You require a mentor or a trainer to whom you may turn for help. Find out who this person will be on your first day and start getting to know them. You may also need to communicate with various people about IT concerns or specific initiatives. Also, figure out who you need to contact about these issues and activities.
3. How can I share my ideas?
Asking this question demonstrates to your new boss that you are self-motivated and eager to assist. By bringing new ideas to the team, you can show that you were the appropriate decision and a great contributor to the firm. As a new employee, you have a fresh perspective on how the firm works. However, deciding where and how to disclose this information can be difficult. Inquiring with a hiring manager or team leader as soon as possible can assist direct your future contributions as a team member.
4. Can you tell me about the company's vision?
It's also a good idea to read this information from the company website and any handbook materials you've gotten before you ask this question to make sure you understand what the firm stands for. You can learn how the company's written phrases transfer to actual workplace functions and culture by directly asking management or employees. Then you may start to see how your role fits into that overall picture.
5. Who will I be reporting to?
Although most companies include an organizational chart in their employee handbook, you may still require clarification once you've been recruited. You should inquire if you see a direct manager on a chart because companies frequently reshuffle their internal structures and hierarchies. If your direct manager isn't the one who hires you, ask to meet the person who will be your boss. You'll be able to begin your professional relationship with good engagement and a face-to-face greeting in this manner.
6. What tools do you use to get your work done?
Many tasks necessitate the usage of a variety of software systems or apps. When you're first exposed to these tools, you can take notes and ask further questions while someone demonstrates how to use the tool. It may be more challenging to find step-by-step instructions after the first day.
7. What are your metrics for measuring success?
It's critical to understand how your new organization measures success in the workplace so that you can assess your accomplishments, productivity, and efficiency in the same way that others do. If your position is project-based, they may use a rating system or a performance feedback tool. You can inquire about key performance indicators (KPIs) for your work from the hiring manager or trainer. If you understand your desired KPIs, you can accomplish job assignments and tasks utilizing these indicators as a specific aim.