How to Assess a Company's Culture – Before Accepting the Job

You found a great job opportunity right here in Houston that sounds like a terrific match for your skills and background. The pay is competitive, the work sounds stimulating, and the location is nearby.

But what about the company’s culture? Is it a good fit for you? In other words, is the “personality” of the company a good fit for your personality? If not, then you could be in for a bit of a shock.

So how can you make sure you accept a position that’s a fit for you all the way around? By asking a lot of questions during the job interview, such as:

  • How would you describe the company in five words or less?
  • Does the company have a code of ethics? What is it?
  • How would you describe the environment here? Laid back? Or more formal?
  • What is the dress code?
  • What’s the management style like?
  • Does the company typically promote from within?
  • Is there a mentoring or continuing education program for those looking to advance their careers?
  • What are some of the traits that the company’s most successful employees share?

Once the job interview is over, ask yourself:

  • Was the interviewer well prepared and on time?
  • Did they answer my questions clearly?
  • Was I treated with respect?
  • What was my gut reaction when I first walked into the company’s office? Impressed? Underwhelmed?
  • How did I feel once the interview was over? Uncertain? Excited?

Don’t think of a job interview just as an opportunity for a Houston employer to evaluate you. It’s also an opportunity for you to assess the employer – and determine whether or not you think the Houston job and company will be a good match for you.