Company Culture Interview Questions

Questions to Ask and Answer

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Interviewers ask questions about company culture to ensure that the employees they hire are a good fit for the organization. Company culture includes a range of issues, from how employees dress, to how they interact with company leaders, to how often employees volunteer to work after hours. Although company policy can certainly influence culture, the dominant force in creating and maintaining a company culture is generally social.

Ideally, workplace culture supports efficient work and an enjoyable work environment, and there are many different company cultures that do just that. The important thing is that new hires be compatible with the culture, otherwise communication problems or worse could develop.

Of course, a culture can, by definition, be learned, but that does not mean all qualified employees want to learn a given culture—some people will just never want to celebrate employee birthday parties, for example. Then, too, some cultures involve lifestyles that are inappropriate for some people. For example, a working parent might be unable to work frequent extended hours. Or a culture style you developed in your previous workplace might be totally different from the company where you're interviewing, which could make a new adjustment period difficult.

Interview questions about company culture are designed to determine whether you will be a good fit for an organization.

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, since a bad fit is just as problematic for you as for your employer, but you can practice answering typical questions in order to increase your confidence for your interview.

Here are examples of interview questions that are used to determine whether you're a good match for the company, along with sample answers.

Interview Questions About Company Culture

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Corporate Culture Questions for You to Ask

You're being interviewed, but you're also interviewing the company to see if you think you'd fit in, enjoy the work, and excel. Remember, the hiring process is not just about finding a company that is willing to hire you—it is also about finding a place that is worth working for, and finding an employer that can help you meet your professional goals. Here are some questions you can ask to determine if you'd be comfortable in the company's environment:

  • How would you describe your corporate culture in five words?
  • What's the best part of working here that I wouldn't be able to tell on a tour?
  • What kind of employee achievements does the company recognize?
  • What kind of philanthropy does the company contribute to or participate it?
  • How often do you hold company-wide meetings?
  • What is the company's approach to career development?
  • Describe the work-life balance of employees.
  • What kind of opportunities do you offer for advanced training and education?
  • Why are you proud of this company?
  • What's one thing you would change about the company, if you could change absolutely anything?

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