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How to discover a company’s actual culture

Written by Elke Vermeir on 11 August 2020 for Graduates

Having a job means so much more than simply receiving a paycheck at the end of the month. A good employer will give you the opportunity to grow personally as well as professionally while working on a career that you love. As every company has its own unique company culture, it’s just as important to find a working environment that fits your personality as it is to find a position that suits your skill set.

How to discover a company’s actual culture

A company’s culture informs every aspect of what it does, from its goals and mission to its expectations, ethics and values. Therefore, it’s important for both the employer and the employee that there’s a good fit.

But in order to really get to know a company’s culture, you’re going to have to go beyond the about us-section on their website. The best way to learn more about a certain company’s culture is to get in touch and to openly speak with people who actually work there.

Talk to the people who work there

Friends, family, acquaintances

If you know someone from the top of your head who works for the employer you are interested in, they should definitely be your first call.

Check your alumni office

If you don’t have any contacts as far as you know, it might be a good idea to check with your alumni office or careers service.

Leverage your LinkedIn network

Last (but definitely not least), check LinkedIn. Are there any connections (first or second degree) to the company you can contact? If so, don’t hesitate. No doubt that our consultants would be happy to tell you about us!

Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t got started properly with LinkedIn yet. Now might be the perfect time to do so. This starter’s guide will definitely help you along the way!

LinkedIn starter’s guide for graduates - Social share image

Key questions

Once you figured out who to talk to let’s have a closer look at what exactly you’re going to ask them.

Here’s a short list of questions that will definitely get your conversation started:

  • What do you like most about working at this company?
  • How would you describe the work environment?
  • What is the reporting structure like?
  • What kind of personality traits thrive the most in your organization?
  • What’s the preferred communications style?
  • How are accomplishments recognized?
  • How much feedback do team members receive?
  • Does the company engage in social responsibility programs?

The Exellys culture

But what about our company culture? Our determination to invest in our team is reflected in everything we do. There’s a reason why we refer to our consultants as ‘Exellysts’.

If you’d like to learn more about Exellys’ company culture and values, you should definitely check out this blogpost next.

Exellys’ Company Culture - Social share image

Final Thoughts

A job should never be just a job. Before you accept a position, ensure there is a good fit between the company’s culture and your personality. This will definitely help you reach your future goals. On occasion, this may mean passing up an opportunity at a place you feel may otherwise be a great fit for your skills.

Anyway, best of luck! And if you do like the sound of our company culture, why not have a quick look at our website and jobpage?

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About Exellys

Exellys is a Tech Talent Incubator. We match ambitious companies with the finest tech talent. Are you ready to drive the innovations of tomorrow? Ready to make an impact and become a future-fit digital leader?

Whether you are a graduate or (young) professional, Exellys will unlock your full potential by guiding you to a challenging work environment that perfectly matches your personality, expectations and ambitions.

On top of that, you are enrolled in one of our very own training and coaching programs. This means that, while working as an Exellys consultant, we are helping you to bridge your ambition to excellence.

Through intensive training and coaching, you’ll gain the essential skills, competencies and knowledge necessary to become the highly effective professional you aim to be.

Become an Exellyst and get in touch with us today!

Written by Elke Vermeir Talent Development Manager