When searching for employment in our field of health leadership, there are many things to take into consideration. You’ll want to know if the team you’re joining is not only a match for your career goals, but also that it provides a culture that matches you personally.
This need to find a match is relevant for all your personality traits, but also for any concerns you may have about equality or gender-related issues. Many companies are striving to create workplaces conducive to diverse teams, but are not always achieving this goal. Asking directly about their culture may help ensure you’d feel comfortable in and enjoy the culture of your new employer.
Before using the recommended questions below, you may want to introduce your curiosity about culture so there is context for the inquiries.
Questions you can pose to an interviewer to learn about company culture:
1. What do you enjoy about the culture of this company?
2. What kind of employee recognition exists? How are these employees selected?
3. Do employees spend time together outside of work situations?
4. Are there common complaints you hear around the workplace or any specific culture points the company is working to improve?
5. What type of team would I fit into in this role?
6. What are work hours typically like? Do any of your employees have flexible or at-home work schedules?
7. Is there high turnover in this role or across this division/department/company?
Online resources like Glassdoor can help to shed light on a company’s culture through employee reviews. You may also probe through your social network to find anyone who has insight into the company. However, keep in mind who is offering you this information or who published these reviews. Their point of view may not be a consensus of all employees.
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