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How would you describe your company culture?

For you it is important to find out how the perfect employee should act and what the organization values. If you are not a very direct person, but the organization is, this could mean trouble. Take some time to inform yourself on what their website says. Introduce your question with a summary of what the website says, to ensure that it is still valid. This also shows that you did your homework.

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Can You Be Successful Here: Getting a glimpse of the culture in this company will help you better understand if you can be successful in this environment. Are you able to work effectively within the values and rules dictated by the culture. For you it is important to find out how the perfect employee should act and what the organization values. If you are not a very direct person, but the organization is, this could mean trouble. Take some time to inform yourself on what their website says. Introduce your question with a summary of what the website says, to ensure that it is still valid. This also shows that you did your homework.

Understand Company Culture: This will help you discover what the company culture is like. The HR representative or recruiter should be the best person to talk to about these type of topics. From their answer you should be able to understand what they define the corporate culture to be.

Do You Like This Company: Culture is a big part of what makes an organization attractive or not. The way people define hard work and a job well done is important. It is also important to understand that corporate culture is in part defined by it’s top management.

Meet the Organization’s Personality: Of course a company cannot have a personality per say, but corporate culture is probably the closest that you can get. Most people would say that there are some people that the just can’t get along with, the same is probably true for corporate cultures. Find out what makes this organization tick and you get closer to the core personality of the employer.

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MISTAKES

Assume Bad Answer Equals Bad Environment: This is a very difficult question for a lot of people, even that work within human resources. Furthermore, in most organization there is no definite answer to this question. Answers are subjective and the individual sitting in front of you might not know exactly what the corporate culture is. Try to evaluate what you hear as best as you can, but do not read too much into the answers.

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