COMPANY CULTURE - TOP QUESTIONS TO ASK AT INTERVIEW
The top questions to ask in an interview to assess your cultural fit.
When it comes to job satisfaction, there’s a special ingredient that holds the key to happiness and success in a role: it’s called “cultural fit.” The Harvard Business Review describes cultural fit as the likelihood that someone will reflect and/or be able to adapt to the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours that make up an organisation.
At Resourcery Group, we know how important cultural fit is to an employee’s performance, happiness and longevity in a role – because individuals will only thrive in an environment where they feel comfortable, and within an organisation whose values align with their own. It doesn’t matter how attractive the role is – if there’s not the right fit between you and the organisation, you probably won’t work out there in the long term.
Cultural fit is hard to get right
What questions can you ask in an interview to help you decide if the company is right for you?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What personality traits are important to be successful in this organisation?
- What is the management style at your organisation?
- How do you support employee learning and development?
- How do you recognise and reward employee performance?
- What do you enjoy about working here?
The interviewer’s response to this question will help you understand the organisational culture on a more personal level. They might say they love having the freedom to be creative and take risks, that they feel heard and respected by upper management, or that the camaraderie with colleagues makes even the most stressful day bearable. What is highlighted will help you determine if this is an environment that you could see yourself working in – and loving.
- Which corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives do you support?
For some people, working for an organisation that demonstrates a commitment to certain causes or issues is extremely important. CSR programs can take many forms, from having a ‘greener’ workplace to gender equality and diversity programs or charity donations. If these are high on your own values list, it’s important to know whether the organisation shares the same values and backs them up with actions.
Finally, you will be able to glean many clues about the organisation’s culture without directly asking questions. The types of questions they ask in the interview will tell you what they place most importance on and whether cultural fit is a top priority for them. How interested are they in your personality, values and motivational drivers? Do they ask about your working and management preferences etc?
Harvard Business Review article https://hbr.org/2015/07/recruiting-for-cultural-fit