Company culture encompasses the values, beliefs, behaviours, and practices that shape the work environment and employee experience.
Assessing company culture before accepting a job can help you determine if the organisation aligns with your values, work style, and long-term career goals. These effective strategies could help to ensure a better fit and increase your chances of finding personal and professional fulfilment at your next job.
Research the company
Thoroughly research the company by visiting the website, read the mission statement, and exploring any available resources that shed light on values and goals.
Look for information about work philosophy, employee benefits, and diversity and inclusion initiatives too, because by understanding the company’s core principles and goals, you can also gain insights into workplace culture.
Engage with current employees
Websites like Glassdoor provide anonymous reviews and ratings from current and former employees. Pay attention to both positive and negative feedback, focusing on recurring themes or issues that might indicate issues or stand out benefits (always considering individual and anonymous reviews as objectively as you can).
You can also reach out to current or former employees, especially on LinkedIn, to learn more. LinkedIn can be a valuable tool for connecting with people to inquire about their experiences, the work environment, and any challenges they faced. Their perspectives can provide valuable information beyond what is publicly available, helping you make a more informed decision.
When you get the chance, ask about the company’s commitment to work-life balance, training and development programs, and any wellness initiatives to get a better understanding of how the company supports well-being and growth.
Pay attention during the interview
Pay close attention to your interviewers and how they interact with you. Are they respectful, friendly, and professional? Do they listen and provide helpful, honest information about the company?
Ask questions too so you can find out about the work environment, team you would be working with, and opportunities to learn new skills.
Research diversity and inclusion initiatives, facts and figures
A company’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment can be a sign of a supportive and enriching work culture. Look for employee mentorship programs and groups and initiatives focused on equity and representation.
Assessing company culture is vital to finding the right fit in a job. By conducting thorough research you put yourself on the best possible position to find an employers aligned with your work ethic and values, and this is what leads to a better chance of positive experiences and job satisfaction.
Lastly, trust your instincts: reflect on how you felt during the interview and when you were communicating with other employees. Think about whether the company’s values and style of working resonate with you – and remember that a great fit gives you the best possible opportunity for long-term success in your career.