Friday, May 1, 2015

Company Culture: Part 2

Part 2 ~ of a series on company culture.
So how do you find out about the company culture of a business?  It may not be important to you, but I think to some people, it might be.  I think the older I get, the more important it is to me.  So, I started a list of questions that I think I wouldn't mind asking, that might give you an idea of the culture of the company:
1. "What time do you normally come in to work and leave for the day?" (Are they flexible?)
2. "What are the busiest times of year, and what are those times like?" (Really, what are the expectations of busy/stressful times)
3. "What kind of person fits in well here and what type of person isn't a strong fit?" (Listen if they describe you as someone that doesn't fit well.  Be honest with yourself as well. If you don't fit, don't keep trying for it.  You will be miserable.)
4. "If you could change one thing about the culture here, what would it be?" (Listen for clues for something you might not like.)
5. "What do you wish you knew about working at this company before starting work here?" (Again, listen.)
6. "How long do employees typically stay at the company?" (Verify this on LinkedIn.  Do they have a high turnover rate?)
7. "Does the company invest in technical training for employees?  If so, how much per person, per year?"

You get the idea.  Whatever is important to you, ask.  You shouldn't be ding'ed for asking things that concern you.  If you are, then you probably didn't want to work there anyway.

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