If there's one good thing about urban living, it is that career opportunities are within easy reach as long as you're skilled. Last week, I started my job hunting through the internet, applied online, and within hours I already got calls from different call center companies asking me to undergo their 1-day hiring process. And so I did.
I went to three different companies, all situated within 10-20 minutes away from our place of residence. On day 1, I went to Company A which is the most popular among the three. After taking the series of exams, which other applicants tagged as a Quiz Bee for being so long and tough, I qualified for the final interview (I was the last man standing) and was offered a job. However, the basic salary offered was too low, I'd rather stay home and baby-sit my daughter.
The next day I went to Company B which also made me take a series of exams that included tough Mathematical problems among others, then two interviews. Luckily, I passed too and was offered a neat compensation package. The basic salary was better than that in Company A. What got me so interested were the medical and dental benefits that would cover me and my dependent from day 1 of my training. Add to that the fixed shift schedule and fixed days off, plus the two days leave credits per month which I'd start earning from the first month of training. And half of that is convertible to cash! Sounded so enticing but then again, I wanted to be sure if there'd be something better somewhere.
Company C had a practically easy series of exams but they were tough during the panel interview. Luckily again, I passed and was offered a job on the same day. They offered the highest basic salary compared to Companies A and B but they couldn't match the employee benefits offered by Company B. All three of them offered almost the same amount of allowances on top of the basic pay.
Now I'm torn between Companies B and C. I've been weighing things out for the past days and I have to decide by Monday, as much as possible. I'm targetting a long-term career in this industry so I'd like to make sure I choose the right company that I can maximize my time and skills with. I know what I want but judging two companies that you only know through their website is pretty challenging. I'm hoping to gather some insider information (about the working environment, company culture, etc) from these two companies but it seems more challenging because I don't know anybody from these two. I guess I'm left with not much choice but to decide according to the offers presented to me.
If you were in my shoes, what would be your biggest considerations in choosing the company to join?