How to Tell If a Company’s Culture Is Right for You?
When you start looking for a job, it’s hard to focus only on the question whether you’re going to get accepted or not, especially if job hunting is not going as smoothly as planned. However, don’t fall into the trap of accepting the first job you’ve landed before assessing whether that company has the right culture for you.
If the environment within the company is not compatible with your personality, your desires and aspirations, you will quickly become dissatisfied. Since we all know that it’s better to be safe than sorry, read our two cents on this matter in the article below.
What Will Your Place in the Company Be?
By this, we don’t mean the position – you probably already know that. You should try to find out what your specific role within the ecosystem of the company will be.
When reading the job description, pay close attention to whether there are any professional growth opportunities, perks and benefits of working for them, and whether there are some unique aspects of their company culture.
What Is the Company’s Communication Style?
During your job application process and interview, you might get in touch with employees from different positions within the company’s hierarchy. Pay close attention to how they speak to you. This will probably set the note for any future communications if you choose to accept the job. You want to be addressed with respect and, ideally, you want your opinion to matter in the process.
Talk to the Employees of the Company
If your interview is done on-premises, use that chance to talk to as many employees as you can. If you can, talk to the people who you’d be working with the most in the future and ask them questions that matter.
Ask what they’re working on, what it is like to work in that company, whether they have any issues with completing their current task, what their hopes for the future are, and so on. You will be able to learn a lot from their answers.
Analyze the Interview Process
Make note of how well-organized the whole interview process is. If things feel disorganized and hectic, that’s probably how most tasks are done in the company. If there is a clear hierarchy noticeable and everyone knows what they’re doing, you will probably have a clear vision of what your job organization will be if you decide to accept it.
To sum up, don’t make any hasty moves when applying for your future job. Read the job application carefully and be extra alert during the whole interview process. Remember, you are being tested, but they are as well.