Finding employees that blend with the cultural fit of a company has been essential to hiring and organizations use various methods to determine the fit of an applicant. From personality assessments to interview questions, the ability to correctly identify your ideal work environment as an applicant, as well as a hiring manager, is important. According to Monster, "when hiring managers ask about your ideal work environment, they're trying to figure out if you'll be a good fit for the job and the organization."
Why is this so important? By finding those that fit in with the culture of a workplace, turnover rate decreases and overall job satisfaction increases.The culture of an environment is important for both the company itself as well as those applying for its open positions.
Knowing your ideal work environment can be difficult to figure out, especially if there is a lack of personality awareness. There are several factors in finding the right company, from cultural fit to salary to location and beyond. When you are able to identify your ideal work environment, this allows you to narrow your job search, finding the best positions within other specific criteria. Lifehacker suggests that you can find out about a company's culture by searching for their values, reading through their social profiles, checking for the company on Glassdoor.
Now that you know to look for the culture within a company, how do you discover what the ideal environment is for yourself? There are a few things to consider in order to be aware of the best location for your personality to grow, and it all starts with putting thought into how you work best. Asking yourself these five questions will help guide you to finding your ideal work environment.
What Overall Culture Do You Thrive In?
Everyone wants a job where they are appreciated by not only their managers, but also by their coworkers. But how will this best happen for you specifically? Find what motivates and inspires you to get the job done, in the most efficient and productive way.
Are you introverted or extroverted?
As we have previously talked about, digging further into being an extrovert or introvert based on how you handle the day-to-day within a workplace could determine your success in a specific environment. Think about where you go when you are looking to be most productive. Do you prefer a quiet office, or an open space where you can collaborate with others? This will lend to your introverted or extroverted personality. Depending on which you prefer, it will help narrow down your search for the type of work environment in which you prefer to be.
What Level of Work-Life Balance Are You Looking For?
Some companies and positions will require more from you than you might expect and it is important to find out what is expected before accepting a job. Is there a specific number of hours you want to limit yourself to? Are there specific nights during the week you are unable to commit to working? Many companies have a work-life balance policy, which you could find during the application process.
Is There a Sense of Emotion or Empathy from the Managers and Coworkers?
Empathy is not only a "touchy-feely" type of emotion, it is "the ability to experience and relate to the thoughts, emotions or experience of others," says author DeLores Pressley. The first sign of empathy may be through correspondence after you have applied for a position. Is the hiring manager, or other point of contact within a company, always in a rush when in contact with you, or are they helpful and endearing?
Look into Your Overall Personality
Take a look into the specific personality traits that you score highly on as well as those that cause you discomfort. Are you the type of person that is well organized and thoughtful, or do you prefer to be creative and unrestricted in your process? Either of these personality types will thrive within a different position, so keep in mind your core personality when you are looking at the duties of a job opening.
Keep in mind that culture can vary from department to department, but the overall company values should still resonate with your personality and ideal work environment.
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