15 Culture-Related Questions Your Candidates Will Ask

Posted by Steve Carter on Apr 28, 2016 5:07:00 PM
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A company’s culture combines all aspects of the organization to create an ideal work environment for employees. With the right company culture and employee engagement, the organization can flourish against the competition. The strategic process is critical in forming the successful culture, including focusing on the company's vision, core values, social norms, beliefs and, work habits.

When managed correctly, a successful company culture creates a highly functional work environment. Without proper preparation, hiring new employees can be a daunting task. At some point during the interview process, a potential candidate will begin to ask questions about the organization. The questions can reveal different factors about their personal impression of the quality of work environment and career opportunities. By listening carefully and answering honestly, you can hire the right person to be a part of your existing and successful company culture.  

Employee Engagement

Questions involving employee engagement go beyond the initial qualifications of work history and education. When a potential candidate asks questions regarding employees, the underlying concern is potential career opportunities within the organization. Highly motivated candidates want to work for a company that recognizes hard work with career growth and leadership opportunities:

  • What brought you to work for the company?
  • Why do you stay with the organization?
  • In your opinion, how does an employee make the job vacancy a success?
  • Does the company offer any type of higher level training or educational opportunities?
  • How does the company measure employee success?

The simple questions actually give insight to the candidate. Career-minded individuals want a challenge with recognition for success. These questions allow both the hiring manager and the candidate to come to the conclusion if the company is a perfect match.  

Conflict and Office Politics

Every organization has the potential for conflict. By effectively using communication techniques, a company can resolve or minimize office politics. Job seekers want a productive work environment with interpersonal friction at a minimum:

  • Why is this job available?
  • Prior to hiring, can I talk with a potential co-worker within the department?
  • How is conflict resolution handled within the workplace?
  • What do you believe creates the biggest type of conflict within a department or the company?
  • What is the atmosphere like within the department?

Each of the questions focuses on how the company handles workplace conflict. When a work environment is full of conflict, the emotional toll of stress can create health problems causing high employee turnover and absenteeism. A highly functioning work environment creates a sense of accomplishment and well-being for all employees.

Daily Work Environment

Every day is a chance to enhance employee engagement by utilizing personal assets that every team member brings to the table. By asking specific questions, a potential employee can determine if the daily work environment is the right choice for them. Providing general answers give insight on a productive daily routine within your company:

  • Does your company offer a variety of scheduling options to provide employees with flexible choices?
  • Does your company offer different types of team projects?
  • What makes you excited to come to work each day?
  • How does a successful work day look like to you?
  • Do you have any reservations about my abilities to successfully fit within your company?

A successful company understands employees are its biggest asset. The company’s culture can draw the right candidates to the organization. Highly-equipped professionals will research every aspect of the company using the findings to ask important questions during the interview process. By recognizing the truth revealing questions, you will be able to find the perfect match. 

Candidate.Guru offers unique cutting-edge software that helps human resource professionals worldwide to determine the best cultural fit for their organization. Schedule a quick call with one of our HR gurus to find out how you can invite great talent to your team today!

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Topics: culture fit, hiring, company culture

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