Proving that You are a Great Culture Fit in a Job Interview
Public service announcement – the skills and knowledge All Postsalone won’t land you the job. Hiring companies will also be searching for candidates that are a great culture fit with their values, working style, and people in addition to someone who can just do the job.
When going into a job interview, employers are trying to learn more about you than what a resume can tell them. They want to find the intangible skills and traits that make you a great hire. This means students need to be prepared to do more than just chat about their responsibilities at a previous internship or through school activities. Let your interviewer know you are a culture fit and can help their organization accomplish their goals using the following tips:
- Talk to people that already work with the company. You can’t convince your interviewer that you belong at their company if you don’t know what they value and how they work. Every company is set up differently and will be evaluating through a different lens. Let’s say you want to work with a tech company and you are interviewing with Amazon and Google. Amazon is going to be looking for that hard working, overachiever that will thrive in their intense, results-driven environment. Google on the other hand, loves unique and smart individuals that aren’t afraid to express themselves in a collaborative environment. Most of this information you won’t find on the company’s website or promotional material. You’ll need to get it first hand from the people who live it and breath it every day.
- Find examples that match the cultural behaviors of the company. It is important once you recognize what each company values that you provide examples to show off your culture fit. For example saying that you are collaborative and you understand why it is important isn’t enough. Talk about how you collaborated with different student organizations to accomplishing a goal and then give an example of how this your approach would be applied in your full-time job at the company.
- Emphasize your long-term goals and include their company. Even when hiring an intern, employers are looking for someone who will stick around if they are a good fit. If they ask where you see yourself in three years, try to include them in the picture. In addition to staying with the company, be sure to explain that you want to continue in the role you’re working in now. Not much looks better in an interview than a combination of commitment to your trade and commitment to the company hiring you.
- Let them know you have good character and that you are an interesting person. Aside from showing you’re ready to work hard and have a strong focus on your goals, the next best thing you can do is show that you have great character and values. After all, no one wants to hire a jerk that offends everyone. Next, you want to share your interests and build some commonalities with your interviewer. This sends a signal that you have strong social skills and emotional intelligence while increasing the likelihood that you will work well with a diverse set of employees.
Using these tips will help you present yourself in a way that will make it clear for recruiters to see if you are a culture fit for their company. If you need more tips check out SoftWare Advice’s piece on The New Talent Times to learn more about what recruiters are thinking about when considering a recent grad or current student. Separate yourself from other qualified candidates by doing your homework on company culture and then offering detailed examples of how you are a slam dunk for culture fit.