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How Can I Determine What the Company Culture is Like?

If you have ready any of our blogs about interviews, you likely know that Revision Resume highly recommends you bring your own questions to an interview. This is your chance to learn about the company! You need to decide if they are a good match for you and the interview is the perfect opportunity to do this.

We often say you should use the interview to determine what the company culture is like. However, simply asking, "What is the company culture like?" is too broad. Instead, ask more nuanced questions that will help you learn the information you seek.

First, we recommend you consider what aspects of a company are important to you. For example, are you looking for professional growth and development, or do you want to know if the work-life balance will fit your lifestyle? Once you have determined your priorities, it will be easier to determine the right questions to pose. Let's look at a few categories, and some specific examples of questions you might pose.

Work-Life Balance

  • When does the work day typically start and when does it typically end?

  • Are there meetings that are held outside of working hours?

  • When a deadline is approaching, do the typical work hours change?

  • Are there certain months of the year in which the workload is higher than others? If so, what does that look like?

  • Are employees expected to answer emails or phone calls outside of the office? If so, what kind of response time is anticipated?

  • How much vacation do most employees actually take each year?

Professional Growth and Development

  • What resources does the company provide for professional growth and development? Are there company classes, or do they provide payment for outside programs?

  • Can you share an example of an employee that grew within the company and what that looked like?

  • Are there any common traits among the people that are the highest performing at this company?

Starting as a New Employee

  • What would my first 30 days look like in this role?

  • How would I receive feedback?

  • How will my success be measured in the first year?

  • How is success rewarded at this company?

General Topics

  • What do you personally enjoy most about working here?

  • How does this company provide support for mental health?

  • What is the standard process for people to give feedback to fellow employees? What about to management?

You may find that we didn't cover the topic that is most important to you in this blog. However, once you identify what your top priority is, you should be able to develop pointed questions that allow you to receive specific responses. This will help you determine if the company you are considering aligns with your areas of main concern or not.

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