Four tips to gauge company culture before you take the job
Four tips to gauge company culture before you take the jobSo how do you know what sort of culture a workplace has? The trick is to try to research through the application process to get a feel for the environment and the nature of the job. You can start this research before you even apply.
Do your research before the interview:
- Ask around. If you know people in the industry, ask them if they know of the business you are applying to.
- Check out their social media accounts. Is there lots of team building, and championing of team members or is it product and service-focused? While LinkedIn is a professional account, Facebook is a social account and a great platform for showcasing the business as well as the team and culture of the organisation.
Are there signs of toxicity during the interview?
- Alarm bells should start ringing if there is any bagging of colleagues, the management or the company as a whole.
- If there is more than one person in the interview, how is the body language and communication between the two interviewers?
- Are you provided with a good opportunity to answer questions or are you continually interrupted?
- If you are given a tour of the premises or even if you are making your way into the interview room observe how people interact with each other.
Company culture questions:
Ask about the company culture during the interview. If answers are brushed over or not satisfactory, it may be a warning sign, but remember to give the interviewer a chance to answer.
- What qualities do you look for in your team?
- How do support professional development?
- How do you celebrate wins and tackle disappointments?
- How do you support diversity?
How do you tell if this is a high-pressure environment?If you are a chef, then you will already know from your training you may be going into a work environment that has high-pressure moments, but what if it isn’t that clear cut?
- Study the job description closely - there may be hints like, ‘you need to be able to multitask' or ‘handle a variety of work at pace’. The advert might even say this is a ‘fast-paced environment’.
- Don’t be afraid to ask in the interview what the pressure points are and if there is a lot of extra hours to keep up with the workload.
- Think about how the nature of the work may be affected by busy times of the day, month, or season.
- Think about how you react under pressure. Will you thrive or will you burn out in a high-pressure environment?
Avoid a toxic environment at all costs, if you know you don’t work well under pressure, avoid a high-pressure career, and if you are not sure what the difference between high pressure and toxic environments is, read here.
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