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A Job with the right culture

Finding a job shortly after graduation is a challenge. Many graduates are so stressed by the process that they are willing to accept any job offer that comes their way, often without considering if they fit into the culture of the organisation. It  may actually be unwise to simply visit a company’s website and attempt to manipulate your own behaviour to align with the core values detailed online.

If you manage to convince the recruiters that you are “an entrepreneurial go getter that loves to work in a fierce and competitive environment” you may get the job, but chances are you will end up hating it. Is it worth altering your own world perspectives just to match the values of a certain company? Or is doing so just wasting precious time and reducing your chances of getting the perfect job? Many graduates know that corporate culture can make a huge difference in the level of job satisfaction. However, as a company outsider, it can be very difficult to see through the polished corporate recruitment message.

Online resources provide us with some information, for example, news articles may indicate a more accurate picture, but the best resource that few graduates have is a friend or acquaintance who actually works at the company. What is the best way to get to know a company’s authentic culture, and at what point in the recruitment process should it matter?

Alexey

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  1. November 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I think it’s dangerous to make a decision solely based on what you read online. Not saying you shouldn’t look at what people are saying, but make sure you get a wide picture of varying opinions. But like Alex said, nothing substitutes talking to someone you know from the company or who works in the industry. Also, if you’ve got a specific question, you can use social media and post it somewhere like Quora. You can get some interesting and often quite accurate responses.

    http://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-working-for-the-CIA?q=whats+it+like+working+for+the+cia

    On another, but related note, larger companies who run multiple screening stages prior to actually offering you a contract, clearly structure their process this way in order to ascertain whether you’re up to the job, as well as identifying if you would fit well within their culture.

    Usually, companies that are more agile and less restrictive in the sense of the laborious testing stages, mitigate their own risk by offering probationary contracts, which can give them (some level of) freedom to get rid of you if you don’t match up to their expectations.

    I think when applying to a company it’s simply a case of do you like what the firm does? Would you enjoy the job? And could you get on with the people? You can research forever, but unless you go for it you’re never going to know if you fit well within a company.

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