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Evaluating Work Culture: How to Tell if a Company’s Culture is Right for You

You’ve gotten through the interview process. Everything has gone well, and you’re anticipating a job offer. Will you take it?  

After researching the company’s history, strategies, and productivity, you’re pleased with what you’ve learned. But one question remains: is the company culture right for you? You want to be sure that you’d be happy in the office day-to-day. That being said, your goal now is to determine if this is where you see yourself working years down the road. Here are some ways to do that: 

Know What’s Important to You 

Know what motivates you, what inspires you, and what environments you work best in. Being familiar with yourself and your work habits is essential in picking a job that aligns with your preferences. This is the first step to figuring out where you’ll fit in best. 

Talk to as Many People as You Can 

Get to know your potential co-workers and bosses within the office. Take the time to walk around after an interview to introduce yourself, ask questions, and assess the people you’re meeting. Are they the people that you want to sit next to for years to come? Take note of not only their attitudes and work ethic, but their goals and what they’re working on. You should be interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. 

Explore the Office 

The workspace may come as an afterthought, but it can be these small details that matter to you in the end. The physical design and layout of an office can say a lot about the culture. Take note of the way the desks are set up. Is this going to be somewhere you can roam, or will it be a fixed-desk situation? Is the office very modern, or more traditional? Noticing these physical aspects of the workspace may speak to the culture of the people working there. 

Research, Research, Research 

Use online sources to see what the company says about themselves and what others say about them. Focus on news articles, social media mentions, and company culture pages or mission statements to read more about who you may be working for. Although some of these things may be self-reported, you can still use them to get a feel for the tone of the company and its people. 

A new company position must make sense for you and your lifestyle. This is where Clinical Solutions Group can help you. We gather information about your workplace preferences, communication style, and overall career goals to match you with a company culture that suits you. We hear what you respond well to, as well as any concerns or red flags that you are uneasy about. We don’t just place you in a job and disappear; we look beyond the job description to make sure we’re setting you up for success.