You’re offered your dream job at the company you always aspired to work at, doing exactly what you’ve always wanted to do, and at an amazing salary. But there’s a problem: You have concerns about the office culture and whether you will fit in. Do you take the job and hope for the best, or turn it down?
Why Fit Matters
Employers are increasingly concerned about cultural fit because it’s easier to teach people skills than the culture of an organization, employees are more likely to get fired because they aren’t a good fit than because they’re incompetent.
Before you accept a position, it’s important that you honestly ask yourself if the office culture is a good fit for you.
Find Ways To Manage The Mismatch
However, if you are willing to be flexible, there are ways to manage the mismatch. For instance, if everyone in the company goes to trivia night at a local bar once a week, you should try to participate, even if you aren’t a trivia master. Don’t confuse the activity with the reason behind the activity. The reason is to get to know each other better in a less formal situation. If you pass on this activity, you could be missing out on opportunities to learn about the best assignments and get to know your coworkers better.
And, if after-work activities are truly unbearable for you, perhaps try to initiate a new activity such as a weekly group lunch.
Don’t Ignore Red Flags
Another way to assess fit is to determine how your personal values stack up against the organisation’s values. For instance, if you crave a high degree of flexibility but the organisation is extremely rigid, this could trump everything else and help you realise it’s not a good fit.
Should You Trust Your Gut?
If you’re getting a sense that it’s not the best fit, it’s always better to trust your gut, even if that means turning down something you originally thought would be a perfect fit. Red flags pop up for a reason. That’s why it’s so important to ask questions, observe, and take notes during the interview process to try to figure out if a company is right for you.
Career decisions should take a lot of time, whether it’s researching companies, interviewing, or considering an offer, every decision should be based on facts, first and foremost.