When searching for a new job, it’s more than finding the right position; it’s finding the right cultural fit. Your qualifications allow you to work anywhere in your field, but it’s important to work at a company that fits your personality, too. Whether you’re looking for a company that is very laid back or super creative, this post is designed to help you uncover and evaluate company culture during an interview.
It’s tempting to ask straightforward what the company culture is like, but chances are you won’t get a completely honest answer. Here are some telling questions to ask in an interview:
How often does the staff meet? This question will give you insight about the level of communication between the employees. The employer may think you are interested in the daily routine, but the answer will be telling about whether you’ll be mostly working alone or if you’ll be collaborating with a team.
What does it take to be successful in the position? The employer will answer with the top traits he is looking for in a candidate. Ask the question in the beginning of the interview and listen to the characteristics carefully, this will give you a chance to incorporate them into your answers later.
Can you tell me what it’s like at the busiest time of the year? This question will give you an idea of what the hours are really like. If the employer answers with, “When are we not busy?!” know that the job is more than 9-to-5. Or, listen to whether the employer answers with one employee being busy versus the entire department staying late.
What’s the best part about working here that I won’t get from the tour? This should give you a better idea about the reality you’ll be working in. It’s hard to get an idea of what the company is really like from just a walk around the office.