Finding the right job is more than a matter of matching your skillsets to the position, it is also about finding the right environment and culture fit for your personality. A Company’s culture can be hard to determine from just an interview, so here are a few tips to help you find the right corporate environment:
- Know What You Kind of Characteristics You are Looking For
The first step in finding your ideal Company culture is to know what you want. Make a list of certain traits that you would like your next Company to have. Do you want a more relaxed work atmosphere at a smaller company? Or would you prefer to work at a larger corporation in a more professional, fast-paced environment? Knowing some key characteristics that you do or do not want at your next company will help you narrow your search.
- Look at the Company’s Social Media
Social media like Facebook and LinkedIn can give you good insight into what sort of work environment you can expect. Keep an eye out for pictures or posts from Company events, outings, or group activities. Another great resource to check out is Glassdoor. Glassdoor is a website where you can read reviews from past and present employees on what it was like to work at the company. LinkedIn is also an extremely useful tool. Search your LinkedIn connections and see if you are connected with anyone who works at the Company or has previously worked there. Reaching out to someone in your network with a few questions is a great way to get an inside perspective on what it would be like to work there.
- Ask The Right Questions
Don’t forget that while the Company is interviewing you, you are also interviewing the Company. It’s equally important that you make sure the Company is the best fit for your needs and lifestyle as it is for the Company to make sure you have the right skills and experience for them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company atmosphere and about the team you will be working with. If you are interviewed by multiple people at the Company, you can ask them each the same questions regarding culture, which will provide you with different viewpoints to help paint a more dynamic picture of the workplace environment. What activities does the team do outside of work? What is the team leader’s management style?
- Ask for a Tour of the Office
Look at the physical set up of the office. Is it an open floor-plan that encourages collaboration? Or is it mostly individual cubes or offices? Check out how different people are working or interacting with each other as you walk around. Think to yourself: is this an atmosphere that you will enjoy working in on a daily basis?