How to Determine If a Company Culture Is Right for You

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When you launch a job search, you’re typically looking for more than the right position; you’re also on the hunt for a company with a great culture. A company’s culture has a dramatic impact on job satisfaction, playing a significant role in the overall experience. 

While learning about a company’s culture pre-pandemic was a bit easier, thanks largely to the fact that interviews usually took place at the worksite, there are some new challenges in a post-pandemic world. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t be overcome. All you need to do is use the right approach, and you can typically learn all you need to know. 

If you want to learn more about a company’s culture, here are some options that can help. 

Review the Job Description 

Sometimes, the job description itself is incredibly revealing. Word choices, stated priorities, and where the hiring manager placed emphasis can all be clues about the company’s culture. 

For example, if a company is looking for a “self-motivated go-getter,” it could be a sign that you won’t get much direct support. If a job post emphasizes dedication or loyalty, it may signal that work-life isn’t a priority. 

Often, this requires a little reading between the lines. However, if you spot a pattern in the words and phrases used – including the actual word choice, implied tone, and similar attributes – that could be meaningful, so keep that in mind. 

Do Some Online Research 

Today, most employers have a strong online presence. Some of it is of their own creation, giving you glimpses into what the company is like on multiple levels. You may find blog posts about recent accomplishments or charitable endeavors. Employee bios may give you some insights, as well as video facility tours. 

A company’s social media profiles may also be treasure troves of tidbits. Along with the actual posts, you may learn quite a bit from how they engage with commenters, both those that say positive things and those that have a negative position. 

However, there are also resources that aren’t fully under the company’s control. Review sites like Glassdoor can give you a closer look at the employee experience, too. Just make sure to take those with a grain of salt, as there is no guarantee that every review is genuine. 

Ask Questions About the Company Culture 

If you land an interview, you could have an excellent opportunity to find out more about a company’s culture. As your meeting draws to a close, you’ll commonly get a chance to ask the interviewer a few questions. When that moment happens, choose ones that are culture-oriented to gain the insight you need. 

For example, you may want to ask how feedback is delivered or how conflicts are managed. For remote roles, you may want to find out how the company encourages involvement, communication, and a sense of comradery. 

Worst case, you can simply ask them to describe the culture. Sometimes, that’s enough to learn what you need to know. 

Get the Inside Scoop from Employees 

If you want more insights from actual employees, see if you can find any on social media. Then, send a message and request an informational interview. 

Some employees may be happy to answer any questions you may have, but you’ll only find out if you ask. Generally, the worst thing that may happen is your message will go unanswered, or they’ll say no, so it typically doesn’t hurt to try. 

We Can Help You Find a Job You Love

Ultimately, all of the options above can make learning more about the company culture easier. If you’d like more tips that can help you chose the right employer, the staff at VB wants to hear from you. Contact us today.