Whether you’re a seasoned jobseeker or new to the search, you probably know how important it is to do your due diligence before and applying to a job. You fervently research the history of the organization, founder(s), and any other relevant details you can get your hands on. Mission accomplished, right? Wrong!
When applying for a job — with any luck, the place where you’ll spend the majority of your waking hours for the foreseeable future — it’s just as important to understand the culture of the organization as it is to know who founded the organization and when.
Here are a few tips on how to get a sneak peek at an organization’s culture:
Want to learn more about office dress-code, work environment, or out-of-office events? Do some stealthy recon on their social media. Lots of organizations are turning to social media to offer the public, as well as potential employees, a better sense of the “behind the scenes” goings on. Scanning through a social media feed can offer you useful clues into things like:
Google can be a very helpful tool in your efforts to glean some information about an organization’s culture. Here are a few things that you can search:
Lucky for you, it’s 2017 and there’s a Yelp for everything. Glassdoor is a Yelp-like resource that offers former and current employees as well as folks who have interviewed with a particular company or organization an opportunity to anonymously review things like salary, benefits, and leadership.
Check out Glassdoor to see if the organization that you’re interested in working for is listed, and if so, see what people had to say. Do they feel inspired by the leadership? How do they run interviews? Do their benefits accurately reflect the value that they place on staff morale?
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that similar to Yelp, some people submit reviews because they have a bone to pick. Take these reviews with a grain of salt and if you see something concerning, do more digging!
Not everything listed above will be a deal breaker or maker for you, and that’s OK. The point is to do some light investigation in order to paint a fuller picture of the people and leadership with whom you may ultimately work for some day. Do they value the same things as you? Do they meet your top three must-haves for your next career move? Do you recognize opportunities to grow, network, and connect in the info you were able to unearth?
Have you tried any of these tips for investigating an organization’s culture? What did you find? If you have other stealthy ways to gather information on organizational culture before accepting an offer, share them here!
Originally published at idealistcareers.org on March 20, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com