These days, everyone seems to be talking about cultural fit.
Many blogs you’ll see, however, focus on cultural fit from the employer’s point of view. It’s not often that people talk about cultural fit from the candidate’s perspective.
That being said: cultural fit for employees is important, if not essential. Getting acclimated to the culture of the company you want to work for can make or break your experience with the company. Even if you’re exceptionally qualified, a poor cultural fit can turn a great offer sour very quickly.
Today, we’re going to go over a few key tips for assessing what kind of company culture is right for you. Take a look below:
Figuring out what you want in a company culture
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you are looking for in a company’s culture. Here are a few things to consider:
Small business or big business? How big of a company do you want to work for? Do you value company benefits or knowing everyone you work with?
Knowing everyone you work with is certainly possible in a big company, but if you like being able to intimately know each and every coworker and client, a small company may be a better choice for you. If treating your co-workers as family isn’t as important to you and you’re more focused on the big picture, you may want to consider working for a corporate company who can provide you that kind of path.
Tech-savvy or traditional? While most companies are moving towards the digital age, not all will give you the chance to whip out your phone or use social media as a platform to get the word out about your company. The goals and fundamentals of your company will dictate how, and when, you use technology. Everything may be headed in the direction of all-digital, but some company’s cultures just don’t prioritize that push as much as others.
Customer focused or customer centric? How the company treats their customers is also a big deal. If you like to make sure you take care of a customer every step of the way, it makes sense to look for a customer-focused company. If you are more focused on working with a customer to make sure your company gets the most out of them, then go for a company that is customer-centric.
Taking in cues from the company you’re interested in
Now that you know what you want, here are a few ways to figure out if a company is the right cultural fit for you:
Look into their mission statement. A mission statement can tell you a lot about the company. If you read their statement and find it relatable to you, then you are heading in the right direction.
Ask around. Talk to the recruiter, to friends who work for the company, to the hiring manager, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask in an interview what each person values the most about the company. They are looking to see if you are the right fit, and you should feel compelled to do the same.
Pay attention to your surroundings. Look around the office: does it match the photos on their website or the motivational plaques they have up on the walls? The environment you’ll be working in will definitely influence the culture, so make sure you pay close attention to it.
Pay attention to their mannerisms. Do the employees look like they are having fun, or do they seem miserable and bored out of their minds? Since you’ll be working closely with these people, you need to make sure you will like them. How each person interacts with one another says a lot about them and what the company is looking for, so don’t ignore their mannerisms!