During the job interview, you know it’s important to ask about the role, the responsibilities and how success will be measured. But are you also asking questions about a company’s culture? As one of North Houston’s top employment agencies, Kingwood Personnel knows if you’re not, then you could wind up accepting an offer at an organization that’s not a great fit for you.

To ensure that doesn’t happen, here are a few simple questions to ask to uncover and learn about culture during your next job interview:

What’s your process for onboarding new employees?
Some companies have extensive training and onboarding programs. Others expect you to get up and running on your own. But asking this question will ensure there are no surprises and you have realistic expectations as to how much training and support you’ll get. Not only that, but when a company does invest in training, it shows that they’re committed to workforce development and productivity.

What do you love about working here? What don’t you love?

Asking this question forces the interviewer to get specific about the culture and its perks, as well as areas where it might fall short. When they’re answering this question, look too beyond what they’re saying and evaluate their body language. If the person interviewing you is talking about what a great company it is, yet seems nervous, fidgety, or won’t look you in the eye, then it’s a potential red flag.

What was the last important accomplishment that was celebrated?

You want to work in a place where praise and recognition are at the forefront. Asking this question gives you some insight into whether the particular company you’re interviewing with acknowledges and appreciates employee contributions and success.

A few other questions to consider asking include:

  • How would you describe the company’s management style?
  • Are there any career development opportunities offered?
  • Does the company and/or department participate in any team-building activities?
  • How would you characterize the work-life balance among employees?
  • Are flex hours an option?
  • What types of personalities thrive best in your work environment?
  • Are there any social outings or activities for employees to participate in?

You can gain new skills and abilities. But you can’t learn the culture. That’s why it’s so important to ensure the offer you do end up accepting is with an employer that aligns with your career needs and goals, as well as your personality. When you do, you can deliver your best performance and thrive in an environment that’s right for you.

Need some help finding a company – with a culture – that’s a good match for you?

Contact the team at Kingwood Personnel. As one of North Houston’s top employment agencies, we can connect you with rewarding jobs and leading employers throughout the area. Contact us today to learn more or search our North Houston jobs now.