Understanding Company Culture When Job Hunting

February 13, 2023 in Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips



As recruiters, one thing we often hear from the candidates we work with is that they are looking for more than just a paycheck. They are looking for a good company culture, one that aligns with their values. That makes sense, but how do you wrap your head around a company’s culture? The obvious way – asking “can you tell me about your culture?” – generally doesn’t work. Either the interviewer fumbles to provide a good answer, or they have a memorized statement that was written by the marketing department and approved by legal.
So, how can you wrap your head around a company’s culture? The best way is through well-crafted questions during an interview. (An added benefit is that many interviewers are looking for candidates who ask thoughtful questions.)


Following are some good examples of questions that help clarify a company’s culture.

Note that you will need to adapt these examples – 1) so that they sound natural for you, and 2) so that they reflect your values.
  1. What’s your favorite thing about working here? What keeps you coming back every day?
  2. What soft skills or personality traits are typically shared by your most successful employees?
  3. Can you think of an example of a time that an employee shared an idea with management, and how it was received? Was the idea embraced? What happened as a result?
  4. How does the company embrace corporate responsibility? What causes does the company support and how?
  5. Your website says your company is family-friendly. What does that look like?
  6. What DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) initiatives has the company launched? What was the impact?
  7. When an employee suffers a personal tragedy within their family, how does the company support them?
  8. If an employee is committed to other activities that may occur during typical working hours, such as coaching a local youth softball team, is there flexibility for those activities?
  9. What are some ways the company tries to be a great (or fun) place to work?

Again, these are just examples meant to inspire you to better understand your own values and determine an employer’s alignment with them.

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This blog was written by George Blomgren, Kinsa Group Recruiting ManagerConnect with him on LinkedIn.