Just like candidates, companies want to put their best foot forward in an interview. They want their top candidates to be interested in their opportunity and working for their company. But how do you know if the company culture they have on display is genuine? You need to dig deeper to make sure you understand the kind of organization you’ll be working with once you accept the job. Here are a few ways to look past what’s on the surface to the real company culture before accepting a job offer.
Dig into the Mission Statement
Step one is to review the company mission statement. This will tell you a lot about their values as an organization. You will be able to see what they included, and what they specifically left out, from their mission to help you draw your conclusions.
You want to work with a company that has shared values. A mission statement can give you a good overview of what the company really stands for.
Ask Specific Questions
Of course, a mission statement is just an overview, so to get into the details you need to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about the company culture, interactions between employees, and policies that affect overall culture.
Talk to them about how the team gets along. If there are staff lunches or activities. Ask them about the work-life balance. All of these are a great way to determine the overall company culture.
Learn About a Day in the Life
Another great question in the interview is a “day in the life.” Ask them what a day in the life of their company, and the specific position, looks like. They can give you a basic road map that can help you determine if it would be a good fit.
For example, if the company is very procedure-driven but you’re a more creative spirit, you may want to reconsider whether or not the company is a good fit for you.
Research the Company
Finally, take some time to research the company. Find out if they’ve had any news stories written about them and what light the company is most frequently painted in. You can look at employee review sites, but keep in mind that some of those posts are either sour grapes or advertisements.
The key is discernment. Don’t believe everything you read on social media, but give it a good look. Make your best determination on what is best for your career.
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