Unfortunately, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with organizations where gossip was the norm. As a result, there was often a lot of fighting and drama between team members. At the end of the day, I guess you could say, team members were working against one another rather than with one another. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s hard, looking from the outside, to determine whether or not an organization’s culture really is a good fit for us as prospective team members.
Recently, I came across a great article on LinkedIn by Andy Sellers, titled, “5 Signals a Workplace’s Culture is Right (or not) for You.” In this article, Andy gives us some insightful things to look out for when examining workplace culture.
According to the article, here are five signals that a company’s culture may or may not be a good fit for you:
- How they communicate with you during the interview process
- How they answer questions about culture and work/life balance
- Whether they’re happy to give you an office tour
- If they encourage you to meet, and talk casually with the team
- There are pictures of real, happy-looking people on the company’s website and LinkedIn page
Learn More: Andy Sellers, August 24th, 2016.
The interview is really a two-way street. Just like prospective team members, companies tend to try to put their best foot forward – they try to present a positive image of the organization during the interview process. Even though sometimes it’s hard to get a sense of what day-to-day life is like until you’re in the organization, there are some things to look out for. Do your research. They are researching you…