How to tell if a company is really right for you

  February 06, 2017

Considering how much time we spend at work, finding an environment that fuels our success, rather than drags us behind is exceptionally important. A lot of people assume that happiness at work is about finding the right job, but really the company you work for is just as important. Just as you wouldn't (or shouldn't) settle for a relationship with someone who doesn't value, love and respect you; you shouldn't be expected to work for a company that doesn't either. But how can you tell if a company is right for you?

Know yourself

Before you can assess whether a company is the right fit for you, you need to know what you're looking for. What are your values? Is it important to you that you work for a socially responsible charity? Do you need to work in an environment where innovation and creativity are encouraged and rewarded? Is loyalty a core value of yours or teamwork?

Do your research

Do not just rely on what the interviewer tells your during an interview; just like you they are trying to present a good first impression and may not offer full disclosure about the real environment you could be working in. So it's important to do your own research; use the web, and any contacts you may have within the company, to get the inside scoop about what it's really like.

Use your instincts

Sometimes a place just feels right (or not) and our instincts kick in for a reason, which means if you are getting a certain vibe about a company or role, don't dismiss it. There's no guarantee that your initial feelings are fully accurate, but if you get a string sense of doom or elation, then follow it up with a bit more research and use the interview to ask key questions to investigate further.

Finding the right environment for your first graduate job can be a huge determining factor in your long-term success, so finding ways to identify the right company for you is really important; and it's something Happy Work is pleased to be able to support.