How do you ensure that you'll fit into a company?
When you're looking to change job and move on to bigger and better things, it's obviously very important to make the right choice. To make an informed decision, you need to know about the company culture - not just what's in the job description.
The job spec will outline the responsibilities of the job, but the equally big question is will you fit in? Is it a place where the culture is right? If it is, it's going to make the job even more appealing. At the end of the day, it's in your and the company's interest that you're a mutual match!
So how do you go about finding out these things? Well, you need to ask the right questions during the interview! After all, an interview is a two way dialogue which is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the company as well - it's not just them asking you questions.
Here are some tips and examples of questions you can ask during the interview that will give you a better insight into the culture of the company to help you decide if you'll be a good fit:
• What is the general environment of the office? Relaxed and formal, or high pressured and hectic?
• What is the work-life balance of people who work there; what are the typical working hours? Do they offer flexi-time?
• Are there any social activities and/or extra perks the company offers, such as Friday breakfast or drinks, team building days etc.?
• Normally companies will have some information about their values on their website and the type of people they're looking for. If you found this information as part of your research and you like what you see - great! If you can't find anything on their website, ask about this during the interview.
• How will you be managed? What's the structure of the company?
• How important will you be as an individual? How does the culture directly impact on you?
• Will you be required to work a lot individually and/or mainly as part of a team?
The list could probably be longer or shorter, but it varies from person to person. So you need to decide what's important for you in terms of fitting in and ask the questions accordingly!