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Job Searching? Keep Company Culture Top of Mind

Job Searching? Keep Company Culture Top of Mind
From Recruiter - August 10, 2016

When youre on the job hunt, you have to juggle an almost unimaginable number of factors while trying to find your perfect fit: skills, experience, location, benefits, paythe list goes on and on.

One factor in particular that you should never overlookis cultural fit.

Many job seekers look first at essentials like pay and benefits, but once youve found companies that meet your needs in those areas, you should next narrow down your list according to company culture. After all, culture is highly correlated with employee happiness.

So, how exactly do you analyze the culture of a potential employer? You answer the following questions:

1. What Does the Company Value?

Ensuring your goals align with your potential employers goals is the first step in narrowing down your list according to company culture. What is the organizations purpose? What makes the employees proud to be working there? Is it the work ethic each employee brings to the table, the speed of project turnover each team exhibits, or both? There is no correct set of values, but making sure you understand how a company operates can help you determine whether or not the culture is right for you.

2. Does the Company Encourage Paths of Learning?

Once you find out whats important to the organization, its time to identify how you should go about learning the ropes and what type of path is expected at the company.

Did you interview with a small team that encourages self-taught learning through simple Googling? Or was it a team that goes by the book and encourages you to ask questions each step of the way?

It may be a combination of the two, and its typically easy to gauge this during the interview or when you meet the team members. Take the time to think about what would be best for you. Do you like having one-on-one time with your superior, or are you better off on your own? Keep in mind, however, that78 percent of employees who report having a meaningful discussion with their manager about their strengths feel their work is making a difference and is appreciated.

You also want to take the time to read up on the organization. Find the companys mission and value statements, read reviews, and talk with people who are not involved with the hiring or recruiting process. Customers and suppliers can be especially helpful, if you can track them down. Theyll be able to give you a different perspective on the company culture that you would otherwise not be able to find.

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