By Bonnie Johnson, AgCareers.com
A positive work culture is the top-rated tactic ag employers use to compete with other employers for candidates. Employers know it’s key to attracting and keeping top employees. But from the candidate perspective, how do you truly assess it? How do you discover the true company culture, not just what the employer wants you to see?
The most honest and accurate depiction of company culture comes from those who are or have been there-- other employees. Use your network to find current or prior employees to connect with and ask about the organization. The employer will probably check out your social networks, so do the same! Read online reviews of the employer too.
Explore the company’s website to discover their vision and mission statements. The potential employer may also share this information in the job posting or during the interview. Scout out the company on social media and in the news– are they carrying out their mission?
Did the employer effectively communicate the hiring process details and length, interview procedure, follow-up expectations, and job offer? Our research shows that communication during the hiring process has the most influence on the candidate’s experience. Behind only communication, the interview process is the second most influential candidate experience. How do you assess company culture during the interview? The culture of the organization should be recognizable during the interview, like an overlying theme encompassing the questions, comments and interactions that take place.
Company Culture: Asking Questions
For details on evaluating job offers, check out this AgCareers.com article in our archives.
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