Today job seekers have an advantage. They’re no longer beholden to simply accepting terms that a company offers, especially when company B is offering something more. That “more” doesn’t just relate to salaries or benefits. One of the biggest factors driving the great resignation worldwide is the fact that employees no longer want to sell their souls just for a pay cheque.
They’re willing to work and be remunerated for their efforts, but they also want to be recognised, valued, and work in an environment that is conducive for growth, both in a personal and professional capacity. The challenge is that until you’ve worked in a company, or know someone who does, it’s really difficult to know what a company’s culture is like and whether it’s a place where you’ll fit in. Here are 3 ways to approach the subject during an interview to determine if it’s a place you want to work:
Know yourself and what type of culture is important to you
If you’re the type of person that works best unmanaged, you’ll want to know if there’s a culture of micro-management. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask what the management style is in the company. If you still don’t get a direct answer or one that gives you enough information you could ask whether the company focusses on inputs or outputs. An old school company that prefers to keep employees on a tight leash probably won’t even understand what you’re asking. But a progressive company that empowers employees and sets them up for success, will be able to explain exactly how and why they focus on outputs.
Make it personal and professional
It’s unlikely this will be the last job in your career, which means the opportunity to learn and progress is important. If there’s a particular technology or area of expertise that most interests you, ask about opportunities within the company to learn more. Most companies recognise the value in supporting professional development and knowing a candidate has that as a primary interest can make them even more attractive as a potential employee.
Values matter, don’t be shy
It used to be that employees were expected to keep their values separate from work. But younger generations have turned the tide, wanting the work they do to count for something. Companies are expected to have clear values on key issues such as gender inequality, social and environmental responsibility. Be bold in asking where a company stands.