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Sussing Out Workplace Culture Before Accepting the Job Offer

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Oct 10, 2017

Work is more than the job and the pay you receive to do it; it's also the overall company culture and how you will react to it. Of course, everyone will say that their company culture is great. So how can someone get a good feel for what it's really like? FastCompany gives some suggestions: 

- Look past superficial perks like free lunches; as much as a company might want to think so, these sort of perks are just stuff at the end of the day and don't tell you much about, say, how management relates to employees. 

- Snoop around a bit. Look at how people are interacting with each other, listen to what conversations are happening around you, and maybe even consider the office layout itself (e.g. open office plan vs. cubicles). 

- Look at the bathrooms. If nothing else, an organization that does not bother to keep facilities clean probably does not care much about its employees. 

- How fast is the recruitment process. If it's too fast, they might just need to fill seats, but if it's too slow it might indicate poor decision-making. 

- Ask tough and specific questions that don't let the interviewer retreat back to talking points (e.g. "When was the last time something detrimental happened–like losing a major client or a round of layoffs–and how did management handle it?") 

- Consider the size of the company; different things are normal depending on the size of the business. 

- Trust your gut. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.