You’ve found a job that interests you, so you research things like salary and benefits.
But what you really want to know is far more complicated: Are you a good cultural fit?
It’s very exciting to receive a new job offer, but there are still many job offer questions that must be answered before actually accepting and starting a new job. Certain information may not have been discussed in an interview, and are critical for a new employee to successfully adapt to a new job and environment.
Have you ever been in a professional environment where the established workplace rules make you shake your head and ask “WTH???”
This happens all too often. And yet at the risk of alienating the workforce, companies that achieve a certain level of success tend to implement more and more rules…
Since the primordial days of the human race, the concepts of “fitting in” – being part of a culture – have been key to our survival. It’s no surprise, then, that this survival instinct has carried over to the professional world. We want to fit in with our company culture. As organizations have matured, employees have come to be seen more as assets than expenditures. With this, the understanding of the role culture plays within a company’s walls has evolved. Today, more than ever, the concept of cultural fit has leapt from the confines of a human resources initiative; it is
When representing a new candidate, one of the first things we discuss is their ideal working environment and what types of industries/cultures they prefer. In short: we uncover the type of culture where they will excel.
Of course, these answers are usually varied (and should be!) as we are all unique individuals…
Culture and fit have become an increasingly important aspect of the job search. After all, who wants to go to work every day when the company culture is somewhere between apathetic… and toxic.
We want more. We deserve better.