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When you’re looking for your perfect recruitment job, there are many factors that you need to bear in mind. The one that most candidates want to talk about first is the money. Many then also take into account factors such as location, sector, whether they have international offices and the feel of the company website. All are important of course, but it is unfortunately very common for candidates to overlook a key factor that will ultimately determine how successful they will become within the role.
Company culture is the often overlooked factor.
The question you should be asking yourself when looking at a potential employer is “What’s the company culture like and will I really fit in?” There are lots of recruitment firms out there, and many are great too, but just because a company is doing remarkably well and they are in your chosen space, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be right for each other.
Finding the right job is a matchmaking process after all. Think about speed dating – you meet people, you talk for a few minutes and they seem to be checking all the boxes. But would you get married on the back of this brief encounter? How confident would you be that the marriage would last?
We all know that we need a deeper understanding to be more confident of a successful relationship. What would they be like to live with? How would you feel about them if you saw them every single day? And that’s what a job is, it’s a relationship with your employer, which is exactly why finding the right company to suit your personality is the key ingredient to make you excel, be productive and grow professionally. So take a few minutes and think about what you want from a work environment.Are you looking for a relaxed environment? Or do you want to be pushed to your limits and become “an asset that is sweated” (as one of our clients puts it!)? Do you enjoy stress and pressure?
>> Do you want a collegiate environment where you work collaboratively with your team or are you more of a lone wolf?
>> Are you happy working 12 hours a day and sometimes weekends or are you looking for a 9 to 5?
>> Is the social element important for you? Do you want to go out for a beer with your colleagues after work or would you rather just pack your things and head straight home after a long day?
>> Do you want banter in the office or would you be suited to a more professional environment?
>> Do you want to hear your favourite song in the whole office when you close a deal, with your colleagues banging on their desks in appreciation, or do you want to keep it to yourself?
>> Does a team building trip to Las Vegas sound great or your worst nightmare?
At SuperGrad, we have lots of clients, all offering a different experience of working in the world of recruitment. We also know that every candidate we meet will be unique, so we task ourselves to find out what you really want and what our clients really need.
Company culture seems like just another factor, but in fact, it is crucial.
If you’re not a fit with the company’s personality, you probably won’t last there for long. So start asking the right questions and they will guide you towards the right choice.
A lot of people don’t even think about company culture, often too caught up with the potential for progression and reward. Many candidates do not realise what a company is really like until they have actually started in the role and that’s really a shame. All it takes is a bit of research and a couple of right questions asked at the right time. At SuperGrad we think that it’s crucial to know everything about company culture even before you go to the first interview. After all, it’s in the interest of both sides that this all leads to a long-term relationship!