Before starting a job, you can learn a lot about a company's culture. From the application process to the onboarding experience, every step of the way will give you insight into the employer's environment and overall culture. Whether you're reviewing the company's online presence or interviewing with the hiring manager, there are things you should look out for when deciding if a role is a good fit for you. Here are a few questions to ask.
How Would You Describe the Work/Life Balance of the Team Here?
You want to know the office culture around the balance between expectations and your time off. Some companies encourage people to work beyond office hours or to check emails after their end time. It may be a red flag if that doesn't work with your values and needs for a job.
Can You Describe the Type of Employee Who Would Thrive in This Role?
You also want to know if you have what it takes to succeed. More importantly, you want to know if the employer's idea of a successful employee aligns with your idea of what success looks like. When you accept a job where you don't feel like you are the type of employee who can thrive, you may find yourself in an uncomfortable environment that doesn't match your work style.
Can You Tell Me About the Company's Community Initiatives?
We know that civic pride is essential for many employees today. Ask if you want to know what the employer does regarding social or environmental justice in your community. What charities and organizations do they support? Do they encourage volunteering? How do they lower their impact on the community and environment?
How Long on Average Do Employees Stay Here?
You want to find out what the attrition rate is with the company. High turnover rates are a serious red flag and could indicate a significant organizational culture problem. It's worth discovering when people leave and, in some cases, why.
Can I Speak Directly to Members of the Team?
You will be working directly with a team, so asking to speak with your potential coworkers is not outrageous. In some cases, this is an essential part of the hiring process. But if they don't make the offer, asking to speak with them directly is a good idea. That could also be a major red flag if they don't allow it.
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