Career success can depend on finding the right company with the right culture.
But how can you do this?
It’s not easy as every company has its own unique corporate culture. When looking for a job it is up to you to not only consider the job itself and whether or not your skills and experience are a match, you must also consider if you are a match for the company culture. At the same time, it is also important that all hiring managers should be considering whether or not candidates are a good cultural fit for the company.
In addition to knowing your own personality traits, likes and dislikes, and what your values are, there are three further steps you can take to find a company with the right cultural fit.
- Begin by determining the type of culture that you want to work in; one which will enable you to make the best use of your strengths. What is your definition of career success and will this company culture enable you to achieve this success.
- What are the company’s values? You can find out a lot about the company from its mission and vision statement along with its values on the company’s website. In the interview listen not only to the questions that are being asked but also how they are being asked; what sort of language is the interviewer using? Find out what is important to the company what type of people work there – if possible ask to meet other members of the team and ask what they like about the company.Ask about the person who previously had the job you are applying for – what did they do well? Why did they leave? Ask about the company’s work ethic; what will be expected of you in the first 1 to 6 months and if there is an annual performance appraisal system.
- Find out as much as possible about the company by reading as much as possible about the company by reading as much available information as possible. Check out their company Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter page to find evidence of the company culture. Your career success is very much dependent on you being a close fit with the company culture. Don’t be afraid to say no to a job where you don’t believe that there is a fit- it will benefit you in the long run.
© Anne Galloway
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Anne Galloway is the Careers Consultant for those who want to put the fun and passion back into their working week. Find out how Anne can help you along your path to career success at www.power-to-change.eu