3 Ways to Tell if a Company’s Culture is a Good Fit

3 Ways to Tell if a Company’s Culture is a Good FitWhen you’re considering a new job, one of the key items to factor into your decision making process is if the company’s culture is a good fit for you.  If you’ve ever worked in a culture that didn’t mesh with your beliefs or desires, you know how painful this can be.  There are few things as bad as when you make the wrong decision and accept a position at a company with a poor cultural environment.

There are 3 ways to help you determine if a company’s culture is the right fit:

1. Determine what you are looking for

First, you must decide what you are looking for in a company culture.  US News points out that not everyone has the same priorities.  While you may like to leave work at 5pm each day, some people thrive on longer hours and more responsibility.

Consider things such as hours of work, atmosphere, types of working relationships among co-workers, etc.  What is important to you?  This will help you to determine what kind of culture you prefer.

2. Investigate the company

Lifehacker recommends that you research a company before even applying.  If you have not done this initial step, at least be sure to research the company before interviewing.  Why should you be the only one under the microscope during the interview process?  If you are made an offer, you do not want to be left with uncertainties while being pressured to accept.

Try running a Google search on the company, searching for any employee reviews or news on the company.  Take a look at LinkedIn profiles of people who are currently working or have previously worked for the company.  Does the company have employees who stick around, or employees who tend to jump ship after a few months on the job?

3. Ask Questions

The most important thing you can do, as US News recommends, is to ask the right questions during the interview process.  Before you interview, make sure you have a list of solid questions that will help you to understand the company’s culture.

US News suggests asking questions about work hours, busiest times of the year, and what kind of person fits in well in the culture versus someone who doesn’t fit.  Pay attention to the hiring manager’s response.  Does it appear that he is being honest, or do all of his answers seem a bit too good to be true?  Remember that nowhere is perfect and that there will always be bad days, along with the good days in any culture.

How do you determine if a company’s culture is a good fit?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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