When it comes to getting a new job, skills and experience are key factors, naturally. But, 91% of senior managers claim that a candidate’s fit with the company culture is just as important. Moreover, 35% of candidates would turn down a “perfect” job if the company culture isn’t the right fit for them.
If you have a new job offer, here is what you need to know before you accept it.
Do You See Yourself in the Job Description?
Many companies fail to use job descriptions to make the case for why you would want to work there. Instead, they focus only on their needs.
While it’s important to understand what a specific role entails and what exactly the company is working for, it’s also important for the company to mention why you would want to work there.
A company that only shares a laundry list of the qualifications and skills they want you to have is probably not the best match for you. Instead, look for companies that use this space to share unique aspects of their company culture and professional growth opportunities.
You can tell that an employer is thoughtful and values their employees if they put extra considerations into these few short paragraphs.
Pay Attention to the Company’s Communication Style
When it comes to the key stages of the hiring process, you should get a response from the hiring manager in a reasonable timeframe. If you have to wait for too long to hear from someone during the hiring process, you can’t expect them to start respecting your time once you get on board.
Business communications are not as stiff and formal as they used to be, thanks to the ever-increasing array of emojis we have at our disposal. Newer generations have a different work style, so it’s no surprise if you get an informal email from a hiring manager or a recruiter.
That being said, you should get the impression that they are treating you professionally. Try to imagine having a conversation with this person at work. Would you feel okay about the way they are speaking to you, or would you think that they are being patronizing?
Does the Company Fit With the Rest of Your Life?
It’s not uncommon for a person to think that their work is separate from the rest of their life, even when they really like what they do. But, when you are searching for a new job, it’s important to consider your personal development plan as well as your professional development plan.
You should think about how your new position will impact your personal goals and the rest of your life. Will it change your daily schedule? Will it affect your health or your relationships?
If you are used to having an easy commute, picking up your children from school, and having dinner with your family, these should be important factors in your decision.
Do You Share a Purpose With the Company?
If you can’t embrace the mission of your prospective employer, there’s a higher chance you will grow dissatisfied with your new job.
We spend a great deal of our lives working. When you invest so much time and energy into something, it should have greater meaning. A paycheck won’t be enough to get you out of bed in the morning. At the very least, you should be passionate about the products and the services the company offers.
If your primary values are centered on living a healthy life, then you probably won’t be happy working for a tobacco company—even if the job pays well.
Ask yourself if you care about the impact that the company is making in the world when you are considering a job. You’re probably not at the right company if you can’t connect with its purpose.
Is the Culture Right for You?
As mentioned, many employees feel that it’s important for the company culture to blend well with their lifestyle and values. One organization may be known for having a positive company culture, but it’s important to note that “positive” has a different meaning to different people.
Make sure you understand the culture you are walking into before you accept a job.
When you are researching the company culture of a potential employer, try to find out:
- How many hours will you be expected to work every week?
- Is work/life balance encouraged?
- Is the decision-making process democratic? Or do all decisions flow from the top down?
- How informal or formal is the dress code?
Will the Company Appreciate Your True Value?
It’s becoming more apparent that recognition plays a huge role in the performance, commitment, and engagement of employees.
It’s a good idea to ask some of your prospective coworkers if they feel appreciated at work. You should also consider asking the recruiter how employees are recognized. The best companies promote a recognition-rich environment.
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About the Author: Michael has been working in marketing for almost a decade and has worked with a huge range of clients, which has made him knowledgeable on many different subjects. He has recently rediscovered a passion for writing and hopes to make it a daily habit. You can read more of Michael’s work at Qeedle.