by Judith Marshall, President, Human Resources Consulting Services
Before you take that job, examine the culture
A big part of a successful match between you and a company is identifying cultural fit. Some cultural characteristics include how they value work/life issues, whether they are team-oriented or star-oriented, whether there’s a chain of command or an open-door policy. It’s the way a company operates; the way people behave toward each other. A good question to ask in an interview is, “What kind of person is successful in your company?” This will give you some insight into their culture and help you decide if it fits with what you’re looking for. Theoretically, if you’re working in a culture that fits, you’ll like going to work, enjoy co-workers and identify with the company’s mission.