1 August 2017
Culture fit – it’s a two-way street

There has been a lot of hype around company culture and finding the right culture fit. The attention has been on employers and organisations to portray their company culture and to ensure they find the right fit when filling a job opening. This will, in turn, help employee retention as well as maintain the happy balance in the work place. But what about the candidate?

Job seekers need to ask themselves if they fit within the company culture and if they would be happy to work there. We spend the majority of our lives with our work colleagues so you don’t’ want to work with people who aren’t on your wavelength either—not if you can help it.

No one can predict the future to discover if you will truly be happy in your new workplace, but most importantly don’t jump from one frying pan into another. You may be desperate to leave your current employment, but try to not rush into anything that may not fit your personality and interests.

First, before applying for the job (you know what we are going to say) – do your research! Check out the company’s social media platforms to see what type of things they post that may give you an insight into office going ons. Do they post funny office snaps of people doing silly things, is there a video of the director acting a fool in front of the camera, are there albums from office parties and social events? These types of postings will give you an indication of the personality. Also, using LinkedIn, you can find employees of the business if you wanted to get your detective hat on. Most importantly, ask around. Someone you know may have heard gossip on the grapevine or even know someone who has worked or works there who may give you the dirt on the business.

Most people are on their best behaviour during the interview, but by asking some questions may help you gain an insight into the type of office environment. And remember: you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you, so it’s OK to ask a few things about their interests too. Try to not dig too deep and ask personal questions.

Example questions include:

“What are your favourite things about working here?” – This will make the interviewer think about the best parts of the company. If they struggle to think of anything, then that is not a good sign!

“What’s the busiest time of year like at the company?” – By asking this particular question, will give you an understanding of how they work under pressure. Are employees expected to work overtime and if so, are they rewarded for their efforts? Does hard work get recognised?

With employers increasingly talking about cultural fit we need to define the right questions to ask employers to make sure that you will fit the culture of the role. You know what an interviewer’s final question is 90% of the time? Simply, “Do you have any questions for me?”. This is the time for you to find out more about them.




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