When evaluating potential job opportunities, you may only look at what the position entails in terms of duties, as well as the overall success and reputation of the prospective employer.
But are you also evaluating each company’s culture, as well?
If not, then you’re making a big mistake that could impact your future on-the-job success and your career track in the long run.
So what exactly is company culture? And why is it so important to evaluate during a job search?
As one of the leading Manitoba employment agencies, we know that just like people have personalities, so too do companies. For instance:
- Some are more conservative and reserved; while others have a more “fly by the seat of your pants” approach to doing business.
- Some have lots of red tape and rules, while others really have none at all (which is not always a good thing, despite what you might think).
- And some companies place a high value on things like environmental stewardship or community involvement, while others focus their resources on mentoring programs or continuing education.
That said, there’s no one culture that will align perfectly with your own background and personality; however, there are most certainly cultures that you will fit into more seamlessly than others. And when you fit in well with a certain work culture, then you have a much better chance of being happy and successful on the job and at the company.
While culture is very hard to measure, it’s much easier to see in action. So how can you evaluate it during the hiring process, when you’re not actually working at a company yet? It’s all about asking lots of questions, such as:
- How would you describe the company’s culture?
- What do you like most about working here? Least?
- How does the company recognize employee accomplishments?
- How is performance measured?
- What kinds of traits do the most successful employees at your company have?
- Can you describe the management/leadership style at the company?
- What’s the company’s stance on educational or professional advancement opportunities?
Besides asking these kinds of questions, also be sure to evaluate how you were treated during the process.
For example, did the receptionist seem friendly or cold? Was the interviewer prepared? How you were treated can be an accurate reflection of what your future interactions may be like at the company. So if something doesn’t sit right with you, pay attention to those instincts.
Finally, if you’ve interviewed with multiple interviewers at the same company, make sure their answers jive.
If each person gives a different description of the culture and values at a particular company, then that’s your cue to bow out of the running for the job.
If you’re just not finding job opportunities and company cultures that are a fit for you, we may be able to help. As one of the leading Manitoba employment agencies, we’ll take the time to learn about your skills, strengths, background, and personality – all so we can match you with a position and an employer that’s a great fit for you. Get started now.
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