Corporate Culture

16th November 2012

Record unemployment levels in the United Kingdom are having an effect on the mind-set of jobseekers going into interviews. A desperate hope to be offered a job is clouding the vision of the out-of-work, causing them to forget that the interview process is two-sided. The primary aim is to establish whether the candidate is suitable for the role, but many people forget that it’s also their chance to see if they would be happy at the company.

Time should be taken by the interviewee to assess the corporate culture of the company before accepting any offered role. If the values and personality of candidate and company don’t correlate, one or the other could be facing years of unhappiness. Taking advantage of the opportunity to quiz the hiring manager allows you to get an idea about what their working life might be like. The end of interview questions should be about the culture of the workplace.

Choosing good questions to ask will not only give you an insight into your future working life, but can also serve to impress the interviewer with your foresight. Asking intelligent and challenging questions such as “What aspects of the work environment might someone not pick up on by wandering through the office?” are great for finding out the subtler ways of the company.

Whilst you shouldn’t overload your potential new manager with questions, the more you ask, the more you will find out. How regulat are meetings? How close are the working teams? Do all you can to estimate the corporate culture in the short time you have available, it will enable you to make the most appropriate decisions when it comes to choosing the right job.

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