To get in, you need to show that you can fit in. You have the opportunity to do this at the job interview. To prepare for this, research and learn about the organization, its culture and then assess your own competencies.
8 Ways Job Seekers Can Assess a Prospective Employer’s Corporate Culture
“Just as hiring managers try to determine whether a job seeker will fit with an organization’s culture, job seekers should judge whether an employer’s culture is right for them–no matter how desperate for a job they may be. Job seekers’ curiosity about an employer’s corporate culture will impress hiring managers and help them stand out.
With job opportunities so scarce these days, job seekers are under tremendous pressure to impress hiring managers during job interviews. In fact, they’re so caught up in making a good impression that it’s easy for job seekers to forget that the job interview remains their opportunity to assess a prospective employer’s corporate culture and to determine whether that work environment will suit them, says Vanessa Hall, author of The Truth About Trust in Business (Emerald Book Company, 2009.)
Failing to consider an employer’s corporate culture is a job search mistake, career and hiring experts say. Job seekers risk taking a job with an organization that doesn’t suit them, being miserable, and soon find themselves on the job market again—either because they couldn’t stand the company and quit, or because the employer recognized the mismatch and terminated their employment
– Meredith Levinson, www.cio.com
Companies want to foster their company culture so they need to identify the qualities, values and competencies they are looking for in a job candidate. The employer is not only looking for the necessary skills, but also for a personality fit.
What do we mean by ‘Fit”?
Employers also want to find the right fit because it is expensive to hire and fire.
“More examples include these. An employee who wants to be told what to do will not fare well in an organization that stresses employee empowerment and personal accountability. An organization leader whose style emphasizes command and control will not successfully lead in an organization in which employees expect to have their input, opinions, and commitments solicited and carefully regarded.
So, cultural fit is the ability of an employee to comfortably work in an environment that is congruent with his own beliefs and values. The challenge for employers is to identify and hire employees who fit their work culture.”
-Susan M. Heathfield: Assess Cultural Fit When Interviewing Candidates, humanresources.about.com