When you’re hunting for a new accounting job, you likely begin by focusing on key areas like salary, duties, and whether the position represents a step forward in your career. While all of these things are important, they aren’t the only factors that affect your day-to-day. The company culture can have a significant impact on your happiness and comfort level, and can play a big role in overall job satisfaction.
Figuring out company culture before you start working there doesn’t always seem easy. After all, you’ve only briefly met a few of the people you’ll likely be working with and have just barely had a chance to glimpse the environment.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do throughout the interview process, and up until you start the job, that can give you an indication. Use the following tips to get started.
Observe with Intention
As you walk through the door to attend an interview, you actually have a great opportunity to observe the environment firsthand. You can see everything from how employees navigate the foyer to the reception experience and, in some cases, can even watch workers in action.
If you have a chance to see workspaces, you can get an indication of the company’s culture based on the amount of personalization, the presence (or lack) of plants, and the various art pieces and décor items throughout the space. You can even hear how people address one another and get a feel for the general tone.
Instead of ignoring this opportunity, try to be an intentional observer so that you can glean as much information as possible.
Ask for More Information
During an interview, you’re generally given a chance to ask questions. When the opportunity arises, don’t hesitate to request more information about the company’s culture. For example, you could ask the hiring manager to describe the business or departmental culture in just three words or phrases, how employees are recognized for their accomplishments, or what personality traits the top performers share.
All of those will help you assess the working environment, making it easier to get a feel for the culture.
Listen to Your Inner Voice
You may sometimes get a gut feeling that says whether a workplace is right for you. If you find yourself uncertain about accepting a position, it is important to consider why you feel that way. It may be something simple, like anxiety about making a change, that isn’t indicative of a problem with the culture. But, it could also be something more serious.
A little self-analysis can go a long way, so don’t be afraid to reflect on the experience, including what you learned outside of the interview, and see if you can find the source. At that point, you can consider whether moving forward is actually the right move for you.
If you’re seeking new job opportunities, the team at CPS Recruitment can help you find a position that has the right company culture for you. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer.