How to Know if a Company’s Culture is Your Jam

When it comes to looking for a new job, you already know that a big part of the interview process involves the company evaluating whether or not you’re a good fit for their open position. It’s also important to keep in mind that the employer isn’t the only one who needs to identify a good match… You should be looking for that same thing. Most of us spend more than the standard 40 hours a week at work, so it’s not too much to ask to want to enjoy your time at the office.

Company culture can have a big impact on how you feel about your work, so you want to make sure you sign an offer letter with an organization you’re really excited about. However, figuring out what a company is like before you actually work there can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to determine whether or not a company is a good fit for you before you accept a job offer.


Know What You Want in a Company

It’s hard to make decisions when you don’t know what you’re looking for. So before you can determine whether you and a company would fit well together, it’s important to know exactly what you want from an employer.

Many of us have an easier time identifying the things that we don’t want rather than the things we do. If you can only think of the things you don’t want, don’t worry because that’s a good place to start.

Write down the things you didn’t like about your previous employers, as well as the parts you really enjoyed. Think of big things and small details, write it all down on your list. This will help you immediately identify what you’re looking for, as well as the things you’re trying to stay away from. For instance, you may want to avoid being micromanaged, crave casual dress and be interested in an open office.

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Do Some Research

The Internet will be your best friend when you’re trying to familiarize yourself with a company’s culture. Where should you look? Start with the most obvious place first: the company’s website. Read through their website, find a careers page and their blog to start familiarizing yourself with who the company is. Do they use formal, direct language, or is it casual and humorous? This can be a big indicator of what sort of atmosphere a workplace is trying to convey.

Next, check out their social media outlets, which should be easy especially on Facebook where there are 60 million Business Pages. Are they sharing photos of their team’s holiday spirit or their annual football tailgate party? Or are their accounts strictly reserved for company related announcements and product launches? Using social media is one of the best ways to find out what culture looks like at a company. 79% of job seekers use social media in their job search.

Glassdoor is another spot to check to find information about what you can expect from a company. These reviews can contain information about the CEO, direct reports, the hiring process, the onboarding process and much more. However, remember to take the reviews you read with a grain of salt because many of them can be written by upset employees.

Finally, you can connect with current or former employees on social media. Send a quick message to them on Twitter or LinkedIn and ask if they would be willing to have a quick conversation with you about the organization. If you get a yes you’ll be armed with some pretty powerful information heading into your interview.

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Ask Questions

You know that part of the job interview when the hiring manager asks if you have any questions, and you just stare or say that you don’t have any questions? Well, that’s the perfect opportunity to get your company culture questions answered. Use simple questions like, “What’s one word that speaks to your employer brand most?” or “What’s your favorite part about working for this company?” these questions can reveal a lot about what it’s like behind closed doors.

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Prioritize What Matters Most

Is it an open communication style or a flexible schedule that means more to you than unlimited vacation? Or are you more concerned with your salary and succession plan? 94% of sales professionals say that base salary is the most important element of their compensation plan. Take your list and highlight the top 2 or 3 things that mean the most to you and use them to determine whether the employer will be a good fit for you. spots on your priority list, and ensure a potential employer at least checks those boxes.

When you’re looking for a new job, you already know that the employer is trying to determine whether or not you’re a good fit for the position, you should do the same. You may not be the one conducting the interview, but you’re still trying to determine whether or not company is a good fit for you.

Keep these tips in mind to figure out whether you and a potential employer are a good match or not. It will definitely help you know whether or not you accept an offer.

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