You’ve landed an interview for a job that aligns with your skill sets, interests, and career goals. The work sounds like the opportunity that you’ve been working towards. But beyond the compensation, and job fulfillment, don’t forget to consider the company culture.
Today’s workplace landscape in which HR leaders consider culture and engagement their number-one challenge, according to a recent study by Deloitte University Press has led to employers wearing their company culture on their sleeves. By posting fun “behind-the-scenes” videos, photos of employees, or devoting a section of their website to describing the company mission, values and atmosphere trying to appeal to what future employees may value in their job.
But companies who really live their values integrate them into their talent management process. You’ll see those values showing up in everyday behaviors and important decisions, not just displayed on the walls and coffee mugs.
Because we all value different things in a company’s culture, it’s a good idea to spend some time reflecting on what cultural aspects really matter to you, so during the interview you can properly frame your questions and understand what a favorable or unfavorable response might look like. Once you understand your own honest thoughts about elements like leadership style, work flexibility, employee recognition, office social life, etc., you’re ready to formulate questions to bring to your interview.
Here are some sample questions to ask to get a better sense of company values and employee engagement:
- What makes you proud to work at this company?
- How does the organization support your professional development and career growth?
- How would you characterize the company’s overall management style?
- How are employees recognized for their efforts?
- Is risk-taking encouraged, and what happens when people fail?
- What is the work-life balance like here?
- Does the company host social outings or events for employees?
- What role do company values play in hiring and performance reviews?
- Is the company’s strategic approach driven by processes or results?
- Do the company’s different departments ever collaborate with one another?
- What kinds of people seem to succeed in this company/department
In the end, follow your own gut instincts above all else when making a decision on whether or not a company is the right fit for you.