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Job searching: Consider the company's culture

Job searching: Consider the company's culture

When you want to work for a company, its culture might be the most important thing to consider during your search.

Culture refers to an organization's shared beliefs and values. It is often established by leaders and reinforced through various methods. You will want to find a culture that aligns with your values and will give you a sense of purpose.

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A company's culture: scour the internet for evidence

A company's culture can be found online. Companies will have a mission, vision, and culture statement available online. Job seekers should pay attention to the nuances of language.

  • Pay attention to how postings are written. The wording can reveal beliefs and priorities. For example, perks like happy hours may indicate a lack of work-life balance.
  • Use a gender bias decoder. Job descriptions that focus on words like competitive, dominant, or leader may lower female candidates' responses.
  • Check out job review boards like Glassdoor. Reading anonymous reviews from current and former employees will give you insight.
  • Do some digging on social media. Scroll back to times of controversy or uncertainty to see how they reacted to social movements, civil unrest, racism, or public health matters.

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Job searching: going beyond the common interview questions

Whether your interview is in-person or virtual, prepare specific questions to get more detailed answers on the culture. For example:

  • When someone drops the ball on a project, how does your team handle it?
  • When there is a conflict cross-functionally, how do people sort it out?
  • When people are working remotely, how does the company ensure there is a sense of community?

Knowing how a company answered specific questions (even if they responded vaguely) will give you a better idea of what to expect if you accept the offer.

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Make an effort to connect with your new colleagues

If you have already accepted an offer, intentionally seek out information by creating opportunities to connect with others. Some companies may need a few nudges to provide a more inclusive onboarding experience.

Before your first day, ask:

  • Are there are any handbooks or other resources to help me learn more about the company?
  • What social platforms are the organization active on?
  • Is there anyone on the team who want to pair up with me, as a remote onboarding buddy?

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