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5 sure-fire signs your prospective employer is a progressive company

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s easy to get caught up in what a potential employer thinks of you, rather than what you think of the employer. It’s important to keep in mind what kind of company you want to work for too.

Often, it can be difficult to spot the differences between companies. They might offer a whole range of benefits and describe themselves as progressive – but are they really? If you want to work for a genuinely progressive company, here are 5 of the not-so-obvious signs to look out for.

A dedicated interview process

An interview can tell you just as much about an employer than what an employer can learn about you. How employers interact with you throughout the interview process can give you a good idea on what to expect in the long haul.

A progressive company will go out of their way prove their organisation to you during the interview process. This will show you the kind of dedication they put in to keeping their current employees happy. Pay attention to how enthusiastic interviewers are when they talk to you about the company and look for signs from current employees should you come across them.

A clear vision

A progressive company knows where it wants to be and, more importantly, knows how it’s going to get there. When it comes to potential employers, ask them about their future goals and aspirations for the company. Of course, they won’t want to give away all of their secrets, however there are a range of questions you can ask to get the answer you’re looking for.

For example, try asking “How will this role feed into the company’s growth plans?” or “What progression opportunities are available?”. Look out for responses that are enthusiastic to engage employees and take an interest in their future development.

Personalised communications

From the minute you send in an application, you need to pay attention to your prospective employer’s communication style. The company’s communications should be consistent – no matter who you’re in touch with.

Take note of how long you have to wait for a response, as well as how you are being spoken to. Themuse.com advise imagining this person as your co-worker and asking yourself if you would feel okay with the way you are being spoken to? Also, in the later stages of the recruitment process, a progressive employer will take the time to personalise their communications with you. This shows your prospective employer values you as well as your relationship with them.

Company reviews

In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to research a company online. Of course, you should always research potential employers but there are certain things to look out for.

Professional sites such as LinkedIn will give you an insight into the company’s working culture. Many recruitment sites also provide ratings or reviews from previous employees, so look out for how they talk about their experiences as well as their reasons for leaving.

The working environment

Another sure-fire sign of a progressive employer is their working environment. An office tour can provide an invaluable insight into day-to-day working life and how they look out for employee wellbeing.


Are work areas modern, practical and encourage collaboration? Does the office design present a productive work-space that caters to the health and well-being of staff? A workspace of a progressive company will show.



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