Even if you have a job, there is no reason you can’t be looking for a better one. Sometimes, however, rather than going from a good job to a better one, job seekers can actually go from a pretty good job to a bad one or even worse – from a bad job to an even worse one. Getting to know the company culture is one of the best ways to tell which direction you are heading if you take a job with a new company. While it may seem like company culture is not something you can really know about before you take a job, that’s not actually true. Here are 3 ways to check out the company culture – before you take the job.
1. Look for red flags
The truth is, job hunting is lot like dating. The more desperate you are, the more likely you are to end up in a bad situation. Just like dating, there are a lot red flags if you know what to look for. If the company seems a bit too eager to get you, that can be a red flag. Some other red flags are an inordinately high salary or perks and bonuses that seem too good to be true. If they seem to be trying a little too hard to sell you on how great it is to work there, beware.
2. Ask tough questions
All too often, job seekers enter an interview with the mindset that the only goal of a job interview is to make interviewers like you enough to hire you. False. The truth is, the goal is to find out if this is a good fit for you. If it doesn’t work out, that can be a major setback for you both. It is important to understand your own working style and make sure it won’t be too cramped working for this company.
3. Check out their website
The same way you can learn a lot about a person by checking out their social media pages, you can also learn a lot about a business by checking out their website. Some things to look for are mission and values statements and evidence that they actually work to carry them out. Websites that offer very little information about
who the company is or what they do is also a yellow flag. Last but not least, check for staff bios and that the staff listed actually still work for the company.
You would probably not go on a date with someone or move in with a new roommate before getting to know some things about them. The same should be true when you are considering taking a job with a certain company. By being a little less eager and a little more cautious, you can help prevent going from a decent or okay job to a bad or even nightmarish one.