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How to Figure Out if a Company ACTUALLY Has a Good Culture

April 14, 2021

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If you are….

  • Actively looking for a job
  • Pondering what the next opportunity will be
  • Wondering how you got into a company that is NOT following through on a culture they promised

Then this episode is for you!

A little disclaimer: You will never 100% truly know what it looks like to work for a company until you work for them. 

Hang on, don’t leave! Stay with me!!

There are things that we can do to help you mitigate any risks and really ask the hard questions to get down to what really matters to you in order to understand what that culture is like.

Join us in this episode as we talk about the 3 steps you can take to help figure out if a company ACTUALLY has good culture…or not.

[5:46] Who is this episode for?
[6:23] What is “employer branding” and how does it affect you?
[8:55] You’re not working for departments, you’re working for people.
[9:48] Step 1: Understand what YOU find valuable
[12:22] Step 2: Do your research (plus how to know what to look for in these reviews)
[16:09] A few companies that have great transparent culture
[17:50] Step 3: Ask A LOT of questions in an interview (with examples!)
[26:11] It’s not about asking the right questions, it’s about asking the questions you want to know the answers to

Listen here.

your goal in an interview should not just be to get an offer -jena viviano

Action Steps to apply to YOUR journey:

  1. Get a journal and work through this question: What does “good culture” mean to YOU?
  2. Do your research in these places: Glassdoor, The Muse, B Corp, LinkedIn, the company’s website, Google the culture of the company
  3. At the interview, ask pointed, strategic questions to get to the bottom of what the culture actually is like on a day to day basis and if the promises are true.

Here are some culture questions you can ask during an interview:

  • What’s one thing you would change about the culture here?
  • I noticed on your website that your team is involved in ___________ initiative. How does that play out on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis? 
  • A question for your direct manager – How would you describe your leadership style?
  • If you’re not being interviewed by your direct manager – What would be 3 words you would use to describe (your direct manager’s name)?
  • I noticed on your Glassdoor page there were a lot of reviews that talked about __________. Do you see that as being relevant and if so, what is the company doing to relieve this issue?

I’m rooting for you friends!

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The journal is being released on May 4, 2021!! We have it in hand and it is goooorgeous!
To get on the waitlist and lock in your copy of the journal, sign up here!


Want to dive deeper in this topic? Check out these podcast episodes!

3 Steps To Ensure You’re Making The RIGHT Career Move
How To Actually Negotiate Your Salary…Without Losing Your Nerve
How To Land An Interview Through Networking

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hey there, I'm Jena!

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Here is where my team (and guest contributors!) share our advice on all things careers! From how to write a resume to how to create boundaries at work, we've got you covered.

career advice

podcast

personal

entrepreneurship

popular posts

The best of Wilmington

How to host a wine tasting

Decorating with Flowers

Best of Boho Outdoors

insider

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Get on our weekly email list. We provide advice, VIP perks and much more!

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