Job seekers frequently spend so much of their time and effort on being the ‘perfect candidate’ that they miss out on evaluating the organization. The recruiting process is a two way street, and it is essential that candidates assess the organization as much as the organization evaluates potential candidates. While this may be tough for new graduates looking to get a foot in the door, it will be beneficial in the long run in planning a successful career. Moreover, research on cultural fit across many countries has found that a relationship exists between a good organizational culture fit and an employee’s mental and physical health. According to such research, the average correlation between a good cultural fit and the positive impact on health is 0.43, which means that cultural fit accounts for almost half of the variance in job satisfaction among employees.
To evaluate whether an organization is the right fit for you, you must first understand your own personality and your preferred type of work environment. Do you want to work in a collaborative and fluid work culture or would you rather work in a formal, more structured environment? Would you like to hang out with your colleagues after work or would you prefer to meet them only during office hours? While there is no right or wrong answer here, it is important to understand how you will react to the work culture and situations.
After you have spent some time reflecting on these questions, it is time to assess the organizational fit.
Research, research, research
It may be difficult to judge an organization from the outside, but it is important to research and find out as much information as you can about the company. In addition to reading the company website, spend some time visiting the organization’s social media pages including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These are sure to give you a feel of what it is like to work for the company. Organizations certainly speak about their values, objectives, and employee benefits. If you know someone who works in the organization, you may contact them directly to hear about their experiences.
Appearances may not always be deceptive
If you get the chance to interview in person, don’t lose any opportunity to observe the workplace and employees once you walk in the door. Look for signs that indicate the culture of the organization. Were you greeted well when you walked in? Did employees ask if you have been helped? Does the organization appear bustling with energy? Are employees interacting with their colleagues or is everyone busy in their own work? Are employees dressed up in casual clothing or business professional attire? Answers to all of these questions and more will help in painting a mental picture of the organizational culture. Then, it is not very difficult to compare whether this image matches with how the company speaks about itself on its website and other social media pages. Another important factor to consider is whether you can imagine yourself working in this type of environment.
Ask the right questions
You should definitely take advantage of the most popular question that a recruiter or hiring manager asks you towards the end of the interview: ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ Asking the right questions at this time will definitely facilitate in evaluating your fit with the organization. Use this opportunity to ask questions that will give you an idea of the work culture.
Doing enough research and being observant throughout the recruiting process will help ensure that you have made the right career move. The right cultural fit will not only contribute to your professional success, but also impact your personal growth.
To learn more about ChaiOne’s culture, please visit our careers page: http://chaione.wpengine.com/careers/. At ChaiOne, we like to work hard and have fun at the same time. You will have the opportunity to work with some amazing people who live and breathe technology.