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Job-hunters, take note of company culture when applying

When job prospects evaluate potential employers, they consider a variety of variables. Of course, there is a list of work tasks and prerequisites. Future employees are also scrutinizing the company's organizational culture to determine whether they want to be a part of it. When applying for a job, do your research and learn about the corporate culture so you can use it to your advantage. People make up the company. The company is not created by machines or processes. It's the people's fault. Imagine a company where everyone decides to leave; you'd have no company, right? So, in essence, it is the people who make or break the deal. Did you know that 35% of job seekers will not accept a position if they are not a good fit with the company culture—even if the position is otherwise ideal for them?

What Is the Importance of Company Culture?

You might believe that if you have the proper experience and talents for a job, you would be able to flourish and be satisfied in the position regardless of the company's culture. A mismatch between employee and corporate culture, according to Statmann, can have ramifications for both the organization and the employee.

"When there is a misalignment in corporate culture, both the employee and the employer suffer." "Time, energy, and money are just a few of the implications of the bad match," he explains. If you work in an atmosphere that isn't a good fit for you, chances are you won't be able to use your skills to their full extent, according to Statmann. That's obviously bad for you, and it's bad for the firm if you're not being used to your full capacity. You may find yourself stalled in your work, as well as frustrated and unhappy.

Employees that do not fit in with the corporate culture are more likely to depart after a short period of time, as little as a year. According to Robert Half's company culture report, "sudden departures are a drag on productivity, team morale, and the budget."

So, how can you find a company culture that is right for you?

First, you must ascertain your requirements.

You'll be spending the majority of your weekdays at work, so consider what kind of environment you'll thrive and be happy in, as well as the types of people you'll enjoy interacting with.

To help you reflect, consider the following questions:

  1. Do you prefer working in a collaborative or competitive environment?

  2. Do you prefer a planned workday or the freedom to establish your own hours?

  3. Do you prefer more independence or hands-on leadership?

  4. Do you prefer discussing ideas with coworkers or working alone?

  5. Do you prefer working on multiple projects at once or focused on a single area?

  6. Do you prefer to work remotely or in an office setting?

  7. What kinds of possibilities for learning and professional growth are you looking for?

  8. Will this organization be able to assist you with your educational objectives?

  9. How important is it for you to balance work and life?

Here are four questions you can ask at the end of your next job interview to help you stand out in a crowded job market and evaluate a company's culture.

1. What do you enjoy most about working for this organization?

While this question appears to be innocuous on the surface, it can quickly provide insight into the employee experience at the company. Take note of whether your interviewer quickly shares a list of things they like about the organization or struggles to articulate what they like about their job.

2. What do you wish you had known before joining the company?

This question can yield both good and unpleasant revelations about the firm, department, and function, which can be highly informative. You might discover about a fascinating company benefit or a troublesome internal stakeholder, for example. Regardless, answering this question frequently reveals a lot about the company that an online search would not tell.

3. Tell me about a recent decision made by the organization/team. What actions were taken to arrive at this decision? How did the change get across?

This multi-part question serves two main functions. First, you learn about the organization's approach to decision-making and change management. Second, you will discover how the organization navigates and communicates these changes, as well as how leadership considers those affected.

4. What other inquiries should I make of you?

Finally, consider quickly flipping the question back on the interviewer. This is a particularly useful question to ask at the end of an interview with an executive peer or potential direct report because they will most likely have specific information about the company culture to share with you. This inquiry also demonstrates humility while also establishing rapport by demonstrating that you do not have all of the answers. These are just a few questions you might ask at the end of your next job interview to discover more about the culture of a company. You can do it!


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