January 29, 2021

TOPIC: Workplace Culture and Why it Matters? 6 Things Every Candidate Should consider before applying for ANY new role

A companies or business culture defines its personality and values and its all the little things that build a workplaces culture and make it unique. From a hiring perspective, it is important for hiring managers and businesses to understand that an effective recruitment campaign involves a lot more than simply offering stability, attractive salaries and benefits. A positive workplace culture is critical for businesses to attracting and retaining high performing staff for the long term. Culture affects employee happiness and motivation. Positive workplace culture is not only important to attracting highly skilled, experienced staff, but it drives engagement, and helps create a high-performance culture.
Recruitment Specialist, Christine Foudoulis offers Six Superior Tips to ensure your job search efforts align you with the right cultural fit!
1. Know your own values
Whether you are a candidate or a client, before embarking on any recruitment journey, establishing your personal or company values and expectations going into a new role is crucial! Researching a business’s website to determine what they prioritise or seeking employee reviews is a great place to start.
WEBSITE: does the business use public statements around diversity, sustainability or inclusion to help build a picture of their culture? Do they have testimonials from staff or clients about what its like to work there or when engaging with their services? A lack of insight into company values on a website may indicate that culture may not be a priority, the workplace culture is ill defined, or you could uncover that it might not be the best cultural fit for you.
EMPLOYEE REVIEWS: Another good option in the research phase is looking through company review websites such as Glassdoor. This can provide prospective employees with an unfiltered, transparent view of company culture.
RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT: If the role is through a recruiter, your consultant should be able to shed some light on the company culture and together you can determine if the potential company is a good fit.
2. Questions you should ask during the Interview Process
To find the right cultural fit, you’ll need to enter the interview process with a very clear understanding of yourself and your own values. Knowing this will help you understand what is authentically important in the job you take.
Here are some specific questions you can ask during your research, or first interview to find the best fit for you.
3. What does a business’s social media page reveal?
The company social calendar or what they post or share about their social activities can reveal a lot about how they reward staff, how well staff bond with one another and whether the company puts time and effort into building and nurturing workplace relationships.
Good questions to ask an interviewer could include: Does your business hold regular social activities such as morning teas, Friday afternoon drinks or quarterly team building lunches? Successful businesses have cultures that strike a balance between team cohesiveness, as well as celebrating individual performance.
4. Authentic Workplace Culture
You can often identify an authentic workplace culture by looking into the legacy that company has built over the years. When company culture is genuine, business decision makers and leaders are more likely to walk away from deals or business opportunities which are not a good fit for their brand and values. Something to keep in mind if you’re currently employed; is my current workplace culture a good long-term fit for me? If not, you may be time to start looking for a new job opportunity.
5. Letting Go of the Past
Congratulations on landing yourself a new job! When starting with a new company give yourself some time to integrate with a new company culture. In light of perhaps experiencing a negative workplace culture with a previous employer, it is important to rid yourself of any baggage associated with your last job. Keeping an open mind is the key to adjusting to a new workplace culture and asking questions and taking the time to understand why they may do things differently to your previous employer can all help.
6. Integrating into a new workplace culture working remotely

Working from home has many advantages, however if your new role is working remotely, this can make it harder to integrate with a new positive workplace culture as you’re lacking regular human interaction and all the micro communications that come with working in an office environment.

If your contact with other staff is limited to Zoom meetings or conference calls, where time permits, get to know your colleagues on a personal level by connecting about shared interests with a brief phone call or maybe coffee catch up outside of work.
It’s also important to understand the workflow of your colleagues and integrating that with your own productivity timeline. It might help to find a mutual time to connect with your team or colleague for information sharing. Or for group -based projects you might find using an online group chat useful for regular input or updates.
To kickstart your next career move send your resume to our Recruitment Specialist Christine and book in a free 15 minute consultation here (Create a link) Resumes@superiorrecruitment.com.au