How Job Seekers Can Evaluate a Company’s Workplace Culture

No two companies are exactly alike, and likewise, no organizational cultures are identical. Failing to consider it is a huge job search mistake, career and hiring experts say. Job seekers risk taking a job with an organization that doesn’t suit them, being miserable. They soon find themselves on the job market again—either because they couldn’t stand the company and quit or because the employer recognized the mismatch and terminated their employment.

What’s company workplace culture? It is described as the values, ideals, and beliefs that represent a company. Your workplace culture includes the essential intangibles that influence how your team functions and carries on the business, which becomes part of your company’s identity. Even the most minor organisation has a company culture, whether or not they comprehend it or not. Just as hiring managers try to decide whether a candidate will fit with their company culture, job seekers also need to judge whether the employer’s culture is proper for them–no matter how desperate they may be for a job. Job seekers’ curiosity about company culture will impress hiring managers and help them stand out.

Since the clues that reveal a company’s workplace culture can be subtle, we’ve outlined the following advice for sizing up what a prospective employer is like long before your first day on the job:

1. Stable Employee

Employee turnover is an intense highlight of workforce culture. In short, happy and engaged employees who receive ongoing growth opportunities are unlikely to leave the company.

2. Focus on the Hiring Process

The way a company conducts the hiring process speaks volumes about its workplace environment and cultural values. Even at a startup, the procedure should be well-organized, professional, and address the candidate’s needs. For example, it’s a red flag if the employer won’t allow you to have a video meet-and-greet with the other team members during the later parts of the interview process. Likewise, be careful if the hiring manager appears to be disheveled or disengaged.

3. Purpose

The purpose is the core of an organisation’s culture. It’s essential to make sure your employer’s goals/purpose aligns with yours. Figuring out the organisation’s purpose is key to feeling connected to your job. We long to feel our contributions also affect the organisation and its mission. Understanding your organization’s cause and its relation to your growth will help you know if the company is for you.

4. Company’s LinkedIn Page

A company page on LinkedIn can feature lots of data, including listing all employees who work there, who you are connected to, employee career paths, and videos. Not every organisation has completed all the information on their LinkedIn page, but take a look to see what you discover.

5. Ask Questions

Employees interviewing at a company who want to learn more about its culture can also ask the following questions to uncover how things work there, according to a Glassdoor blog post:

  • How long have you been with the company?
  • What was the last significant achievement that was celebrated?
  • What activities do you offer employees?
  • What was the department’s biggest challenge last year, and what did you learn from it?
  • How do you measure success, and over what time frame? How are those metrics determined?
  • Not everyone can work at their dream job, but most people can find a position where they are happy and successful. By learning and prioritising which cultural elements you find most important, you can find a job where your work is exciting, engaging, and rewarding.

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