In April, Forbes put out an article defining what workplace culture is and the type of impact it really has. The reality: a lot. According to Forbes, corporate culture refers to the “patterns of accepted behavior, and the beliefs and values that promote and reinforce them.” With that being said, and speaking from personal experience, I’ve seen great new employees fall quickly as their personality simply didn’t fit in well with those who they were working with. It’s one of those things that people don’t like to call attention to, but the fact is, if people don’t love you, it’s hard for them to love the work that you do.
Identify the corporate culture and assimilate. I read a really interesting blog post on MSDN recently that spoke truthfully about what interview questions ultimately boil down to, and the findings, while outlandish, seem founded.
Here’s what MSDN cited as the root of all interview questions:
- Can you do the job?
- Will you love the job?
- Can we tolerate working with you?
In the “ideal” interview, if the hiring manager was doing their job (according to MSDN), then they would have been creating a culture fit throughout the entire interview process.
Be aware that while you don’t have to be, nor should you be, everyone’s best friend, you need to fit in with the culture, behaviors, and beliefs of those who you work with – or, at the very least, come across as if you do.