Do your values align with the company you’d like to work for?
How important are values to you when you are approaching potential employers or are looking for work? Have you thought about it? Do you know how to find the right employer for you?
Have you ever commenced in a position where you realised, perhaps too late, that the company’s values weren’t aligned with your own? Perhaps you worked there for a year, maybe more. Maybe you didn’t complete your probation. Wouldn’t it have been better to know in advance that you would fit into the culture of the company?
When companies talk about cultural fit, it means that they are looking to find the ideal fit between the company’s values, their current team and you. It’s a two way street. ‘Fit’ isn’t just about being happy about where you go to work or getting on with the people you work with. Although, of course that’s a major plus! The true value means much more than that. When you are working within a team where your personal and career goals, values and ethics are aligned with the company’s, you’ll be performing at your best and contributing to the success of the business.
So how can you be sure that the company that you have applied to or that has shown interest in you, will be the right one? There are some things that you can do early on in the recruitment process to help ensure the right fit. After all, we all want to love the position we are in and the company we are working for.
Firstly, you need to know yourself, your motivations, your values, your ethics and your learning style. Really take some time to think about these things. Think about past experiences, past positions, what makes you happy, what drives you, what has worked and what hasn’t.
Secondly, you need to be able to convey these to a potential employer. What better way to do that than putting yourself virtually in front of them right from the start. When an employer can see the real you, they’ll see the person behind the resume, not just the words on the paper. When a company can get a feel for your personality, hear your story and gain a sense of what you are looking for in an employer, you’ll be on your way to finding that right fit. After all, isn’t it better to know as early as possible whether or not the position and employer will be right for you?
So you’ve made it to an interview. Before meeting the employer face to face, research the company, look at their reviews, check out their website and prepare yourself for your interview. In the interview, ask questions of the employer to identify their team culture, company goals and values. An example could be, “What do your current employees really love about working here?,” or “How will this position benefit the goals of the company?” As well as gaining the information you need, the employer will respect that you are focused on more than just the short term requirement.