Too often job seekers research everything but one of the most important predictors of their happiness at a new company—how they fit with the prospective employers’ culture. When you’re doing your research, make sure you ask specific questions to get a sense of what the company values.
Use your LinkedIn network to find people who currently work at the company and ask them what it’s like to work there. Do they spend a lot of time in meetings? Are there specific expectations about working hours? What do they like best about working there? If you research online chat forums, be aware that the disgruntled are a lot more likely to post than happy people, so put their comments in perspective.
You’ll be able to identify the culture the company wants to project by looking at their website and social media feeds. When you’re at the office, look around to see if what they aspire to is aligned with what you observe. During your interviews with hiring managers, ask questions about the corporate culture. Too much time is spent at work to leave such an important aspect of workplace happiness to chance.
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