Studies have demonstrated that office culture plays a huge role in job satisfaction and staff stability. In an interview with Forbes, author of Hiring for Attitude Mark Murphy talked about his research that looked at 20,000 new hires and found that a majority of the 46% of failed hires were let go because of poor attitude and mismatched culture. Not lack of skill.
Considering these findings, it’s obvious that culture-fit should play a major role in your job search. And that is why it is vital that you find recruiters who want to learn more about you. Your passions. Your professional goals. Your personal satisfaction. At PMC, we pay significant attention to what motivates you in a position and what you are passionate about, and then look for positions that are most likely to fulfill those motivations and passions. It’s the best method for ensuring you achieve longevity in a position and the hiring organization receives the long-term commitment they seek.
As opportunities present themselves and you begin the interview process, there are strategies you can deploy to investigate culture-fit with a potential employer.
1) Don’t be shy.
Ask direct questions regarding the open position. Why is the position available? What happened to the previous employee? Where did he or she go? These types of pointed questions could reveal a lot about the organization you are interviewing with.
2) Talk to the broader community.
If you have the luxury of investigating a company within the same region you already live, you’ll have plenty of professional contacts in the region that can help shed some light on the hiring organization. It’s always a good idea to jump on LinkedIn or other social media sites and do a quick search for the company and its employees. You may be surprised to find out that you have more than one first-, second- or third-degree contacts who can share some insider’s knowledge regarding the organization’s culture.
3) Google the company.
In our digital world, there is plenty of data, reviews and general feedback on just about any topic you type in the search bar. The company you are interviewing with is probably no different. It’s likely that a quick Google search will dredge up all kinds of information, ratings and reviews of a company. Whether it’s praise or criticisms that you find, each can help you determine the company’s internal focus and office culture.
4) Talk to a recruiter.
Recruiters not only speak with these companies every day, but also speak with job seekers who are leaving the company in search of their next professional achievement. It’s very likely that one of our PMC recruiters can steer you in the direction of companies that are not only best for your professional goals, but represent a culture-fit as well.
Other companies will send your resume to every job posting that you qualify for based on the position’s minimum qualifications. PMC looks beyond minimum qualifications and searches for a long-term fit for both you and the potential employer. Office culture plays a major role in that process.