‘Culture’ is considered to be just about the most critical piece of the puzzle when looking to accept a job offer.
Here are the top ways to learn about an organisation’s culture:
It’s fast and easy to ‘’Google’’ your potential employer. What does their online brand portray? Many organisations will have a social media presence that allows you to get a good understanding of what their culture looks like; research their social media through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Whilst review websites on your prospective employer can be insightful, they do not always provide a fair portrayal of the company.
Arrive early and observe. If you have the opportunity to sit in reception, take it; it is amazing what you can learn about the company culture from there. Strike up a conversation with whomever greets you. Seeing how the other employees interact can be very telling.
Interview your interviewer, ‘’what keeps you here?’’. ‘’How would you describe the culture?’’ Pay attention to the time it takes to get a response. You will quickly be able to spot the rehearsed corporate line, versus someone who is passionate about their organisation.
Ask your network, it is highly likely someone in your network will have interacted with this organisation. An organisation’s reputation is very telling. Generally, organisations with a poor company culture will be talked about…….a lot.
What are the organisation’s values? Are they defined? Do they align with your own?
Hopefully, these tips help you to make the right decision. Joining an organisation with a ’bad’ culture, perceived or otherwise, is often the reason people are looking for a new role in the first place!