Finding The Right Cultural Fit For Your Job

Finding The Right Cultural Fit For Your Job

Oct 15

Probably one of the most subtle aspects of looking for a job is finding a place where you can be a good fit and feel comfortable every day in work. Each company has its own particular type of culture or personality and it’s never an exact science trying to figure that out, but it is a crucial determining factor in a hiring decision.


Fintan Friel – Social media specialist

Fintan Friel, Web & Social Media Marketing Intern.

‘Will this person fit in here?’


This question is always being asked, either consciously or unconsciously in any interview. However, this is also a question the interviewee should be asking and any jobseeker has an opportunity to choose the company they apply for. There is a unique advantage in being a jobseeker and that is the fact that you can choose the jobs you apply for.


Sounds pretty obvious right? But many times jobseekers will make numerous applications to companies they know little or nothing about and this knowledge gap will always be reflected in their cover letter or interview. Knowing who you will be working with will always give an applicant a strong advantage, and knowing what companies to avoid will save time and effort.




Job Seeker Zombies

Due to online applications it can seem easy to apply for a job, and if you have been sending hundreds of unsuccessful applications there’s a pretty good chance that the approach you’re using needs to be updated and adapted.


Considering the type of environment where you would be comfortable can make your job-hunt more focused, avoiding the job-seeker zombie trap.


For example, if you have a creative background then that is where you will have your best chance of finding people who you have something in common with. So if want to work in IT or Retail, that’s the sector, but within that sector, there are many companies with completely different values and cultures, which means that you need to focus your search.


Values Always Matter

Usually the hobbies and interests section of a CV is the place where we can show some personality but this is not a default option. If your interests are the generic socialising, reading or walking, why not make this space work for you by forgetting hobbies and having a ‘values’ section instead. This can be the perfect opportunity to stand out to a culture conscious employer so the interviewer knows that you don’t just want to work in that sector but specifically in that company because of your values.


When you highlight your ‘fit’ for a company it makes it an easier decision for the hiring manager.
We spend 1/3 of our waking lives in work so it’s worth working in an environment which suits you and one in which you’ll thrive.



Specific Things You Can Do

  1. Be aware of this issue. The job may sound good, but is it a good fit for you and will you feel comfortable working there?
  2. Try to meet people who work in the company. Don’t canvas, but search for them using Linkedin, then you can quickly build a cross section of backgrounds and interests.
  3. Use social media to get a feel for the organisation. Most companies are on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  4. Have questions ready for interview. Some useful questions can involve asking about a specific area which particularly interests you, this is definitely worth Googling! Some examples would be:
    • ‘What’s your experience of working on this particular team?’
    • ‘What does a day on this team usually look like?’
    • ‘How does the company culture impact work on the ground?
  5. Enjoy the interview. The more research and preparation you’ve done, the better fit you will be and ultimately you will be in a better position to get excited about the opportunity!



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This article was co-authored by Helena Goss and Fintan Friel