Corporate Culture: Is it a fit?
I once took a job at a manufacturing company after one interview with the president of the company. Shame on me for not doing much research on the company or the corporate culture ahead of time. Never in a million years could I have imagined the drama this company had within its walls. Don’t get me wrong, the company was great at what it did and produced a quality product. However, the behind the scenes drama was much more than I would have ever signed up for. Does this sound familiar?
Have you been in a situation in which your new dream job quickly morphed into a nightmare?
Adept hiring managers also want to preclude this situation. Employers want to find the person who “fits” their culture; not merely someone who can do the job.
Honorable employers want to know during the interview whether you share their ethics and values. They want to know you will adhere to their corporate values. They want to know that you will treat your new colleagues with respect and gratitude. Employers are learning that it is important for them to know more about who you are as a person and not just that you have the skills to perform the job.
Is it okay for a candidate to ask about corporate culture during an interview? ABSOLUTELY, YES! But don’t stop there. Tune into your senses and feel the vibe. Employees who exemplify the corporate culture are more likely to be happier and more productive employees.
Read more about corporate culture in this article by Larry Alton, Why Corporate Culture is becoming Even More Important.