As a job seeker, what does really matter to you when considering potential employment opportunities? Is it the job title, the benefits package, the company culture, or perhaps a combination of these factors?
A recent survey conducted by the Korn Ferry Institute reveals that, according to talent acquisition professionals, job seekers are more likely to prioritize the culture of the potential employer when choosing between jobs.
Selecting the ideal company to further your career is not simply about chasing after the highest-paying job or most impressive job title. Rather, it involves choosing an organization where you can flourish, collaborate with talented colleagues, and enjoy yourself while also maintaining a strong work ethic that propels you forward and contributes to the success of the company.
Why it is important to match your personality with the company’s culture
Employees who fit well with their organization tend to be more satisfied with their jobs, committed to their organizations, and less likely to quit. Conversely, a poor fit can lead to lower job satisfaction, poor performance, and a higher risk of employee turnover.
According to a survey, 88% of job seekers considered organizational culture to be at least relatively important during the application process, with 46% citing it as a key deciding factor.
When there's a strong cultural fit between employees and the organization, it can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience for both. But if there's a lack of compatibility, it can leave workers feeling drained and constantly struggling to adapt to their surroundings.
So, when applying for a job, don’t forget that you’re choosing a company as well. We know that employers and recruiters receive applications from several candidates. They mostly favor those who share the company’s values, beliefs, and norms.
This means that being the best fit for a company's culture is often more crucial than having the most impressive skillset. Companies seek to hire employees whose values align with theirs because a poor cultural fit can result in employee dissatisfaction, regardless of salary and benefits.
Tips on how to choose the right company before the right job
Many job seekers often narrow down their job search based on a specific job title or position. Platforms like LinkedIn or Indeed give us the freedom to use different filters to find relevant job postings.
However, you should first focus on finding a company that aligns with your values and interests before looking at their available job openings. Take a look at the following tips for choosing the right company:
Before starting your job search, take a step back and understand your energy levels. Identify the projects, people, and environments that energize you, as well as those that drain you.
Determine where you want to be at the end of your career and what quality of life you want along the way. Once you have an idea of your long-term goals and what you're willing to sacrifice, you can map out a plan to get there.
Determine your ideal industry, company, and role
Focus on the industries, company sizes, and roles that boost you the most. It's not about your past experiences, but rather which companies and roles align with your interests and values. Decide if you prefer working in a team or as an individual contributor.
Stay focused on your long-term goals
Be prepared to decline job offers, even if they seem like great opportunities. If the position doesn't fit your long-term goals, then it's not worth sacrificing your happiness and energy. Remember that finding the right job takes time, and it's better to wait for the perfect opportunity.
Research potential employers
Research a company's culture, employees, and customers before applying. Look for contacts who can provide insider perspectives and read reviews. Keep in mind that the company's responses to reviews are just as important. Watch videos of product demos, presentations, and customer testimonials to gain a better understanding of the company.
Take interviews as a learning opportunity
Enter the interview process with an open mind and a desire to learn. Ask questions about the company's mission, values, and what inspires employees to work there.
Ask the interviewer to articulate what they're looking for in a candidate and what success means in that specific role. Use this time to gain knowledge and evaluate if the company is the right fit considering your goals and values.
The key to achieving genuine success is to position yourself at the intersection of the right industry, the right company, and the right role, where you will feel fulfilled and perform at your best to unlock your full potential.