Culture Fit: 4 Ways To Match Yours With An Employer

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Marie Raperto, The Hiring Hub

A culture fit. Something that both a candidate and a company want. How do you determine a company’s culture and how do you show them that you have what they want?

  1. Research.  Look for their values, do you like the backgrounds of the people working there. Read the online reviews. Look at their social media posts. Try to connect with employees. What does their office look like? What is the story/mission behind the company?
  2. Questions.  Once you determine that a company has the culture you want, make a list of cultural fit questions you might be asked.  You want your answers to fit with the employer.
    1. What are the best aspects of your current job?
    2. What do you like least about your current job?
    3. Of all your jobs, which one was the best and why?
    4. What type of physical environment do you like?
    5. What is your management style?
    6. What characteristics did your best supervisor have?
    7. In-person or zoom meetings?
  3. Be Prepared. Think about what your cultural fit really is. What work environment makes you the most productive? Happy? What management style works best for you? And why? Do you want to make friends at the office? Do you want to work mostly alone or with a team? Do you expect to be promoted quickly and does the company provide that environment?  The more you know what you want, the easier it will be to describe to a potential employer.  If you want a true culture fit, honesty is the best policy.
  4. Interview.  Look at any office pictures on social media. You want to see how they dress, how formal or informal they are.  The old rule of thumb said you should always dress in a suit and tie. But, today, you want to be interview appropriate. If everyone at the employer is in jeans, you should show up business casual.