As you search for a job, you understand the importance of having the right skills to match the job description. Indeed, skills and experience are essential for any job. However, being the right cultural fit and having values corresponding to the company’s values are equally important.
Employers interview candidates with similar qualifications and choose those whose values and culture match their company values, beliefs, and norms. Being the most skilled candidate does not always get you the job. It is the one that fits the company culture and aligns with the company mission and values that typically finds success.
Finding a Job with a Great Company Culture
Research the Company’s Mission and Values
Always check out a new employer before you apply. It is surprising how much information you can gather from social media interactions, company websites and pictures on company pages. Search for press articles about charitable work, community, team building and work satisfaction. Media portrayal of the company can tell you much about its culture and values.
Look Beyond the Company Website
The company website is the perfect place to begin your research, but do not stop there. Social media is where a company stays relevant and engages with current social issues and trends. Observe how a company handles things that matter to you and decide if the workplace environment aligns with what is important to you.
What Do Employees Think?
Look at Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and other social media sites to see what current and former employees think about the company. Every company will have a naysayer or two, but if most employees say positive things, the company treats its people well and has a good culture.
How Long Do Employees Stay?
Pay attention to employee turnover. If you see high turnover, it is a serious red flag. Do you see the same job posted too often? Are employees running for the door? Do research. These signs can indicate that the company lacks a healthy culture.
The Job Interview
If you are interviewing for a job, ask the right questions. Carefully choose questions that can give helpful answers regarding the company culture. Examples include:
- How does the company support career growth and professional development?
- Is risk-taking encouraged? What are the consequences if the risk fails?
- How do people give and receive feedback?
- What does success look like at this company?
- What is the best thing about working here?
The answers can give you an idea of the company’s culture daily. Once you have a better idea of how the company flows, you will know if the company is a good fit for you.
Find a Job that Fits YOU
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