‘Company culture’ may be an elusive thing to
define at times, but neither employers nor candidates are in any doubt as to
A survey cited in The New York Times found that eight in
10 employers worldwide considered ‘cultural fit’ to be their top hiring
priority. Meanwhile, ‘people
and culture fit’ was the top thing that Millennials looked for in an employer,
according to research cited in Harvard
Business Review, above even ‘career potential’ and ‘work/life balance’.
So, once you have undergone all of the stress
of applying for science jobs, passing through the interview and then finally
securing your dream role, how can you ensure you are that ‘cultural fit’ your
employer is likely to desire so much?
research the organisation
The more you know about the culture of your
employer before you walk through its doors, the more proactive you can be in
adapting to and embodying that culture – so be sure to do your homework well in
Have you discussed the company culture with
the contacts that you already have within the organisation, such as the HR
staff that interviewed and hired you? Do your friends have any contacts that
have worked for the company before and can give you some tips?
The Internet is also a good place to research
companies, but be careful here – with Glassdoor reviews being anonymous, you
can never be completely sure as to their authenticity. It may therefore be better to thoroughly immerse
yourself in your new employer’s website first, paying particular attention to
any ‘vision’ or ‘mission statement’ pages.
It can take a while to fully acclimatise to the culture of a new employer, and
organisations tend to be understanding of this. Indeed, in your early days, you
should focus just as much on becoming accustomed to the company’s culture and
people as you do on the work itself.
Be observant, and don’t be afraid to ask
questions if necessary, of co-workers as well as your boss. Make any notes that
you need to make of people’s names, job titles and contact details, as
forgetting this information will be much more embarrassing later on than it
will be during your first days and weeks at the company.
engagement over time
Don’t presume that you are automatically embedded
into your company’s culture once the first week, month or even quarter has
passed. The truth is that fitting in with the culture of your new employer will
require continual effort, not least as culture naturally shifts over time with
changes in workload and priorities.
So, take every opportunity that you can, even when
you have spent a year or more in your new position, to ingrain yourself further
into the culture of the company, such as by attending and participating in any weekly
meetings, annual conferences and holiday parties.
The more steps that you can take to fit into
the culture of your employer, the less likely you are to be among the 89% of
hiring failures – according to one Forbes
article from a few years ago – that are attributable to poor cultural fit.
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like you to secure the best science jobs? If so, simply get in touch with Hyper
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