Interview Questions About Company Culture Fit

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An employer might ask you a question like, "How did you fit in with the culture at your last employer?," in order to figure out how you would adjust to the work environment at a new job.

How Did You Fit in With the Company Culture?

Ordinarily, the safest approach is to avoid saying anything negative about the company culture at your previous employer so that employers don't think of you as someone who has trouble fitting in.

Describe the Company Culture

A good way to start is to describe some of the positive aspects of your employer's culture, and how those attributions might have encouraged or enhanced your accomplishments. For example, if your former employer rewarded innovation and thinking "outside of the box," you might explain how that type of environment harmonized with your own creativity and produced positive results.

Be Prepared to Respond to Follow Up Questions

However, you should be prepared for a challenging follow up question, such as "What was the most difficult aspect of your company's culture for you?." In a situation like this, try to pick something relatively innocuous that wouldn't create doubts about your attitude, or something where your lack of conformity could be viewed positively.

For example, you might say "Given the conservative nature of the industry, the organization was very careful about implementing changes.

 I understood the nature of their concerns, but was somewhat frustrated by the pace of change.  My response was to present the rationale for change in a persistent but cooperative manner until all of management's concerns were answered. In the end, I think management viewed me as a team player and valued my interest in enacting positive changes."

However you choose to answer, you should emphasize your ability to adapt to different environments and bring about positive results in a variety of office cultures.

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