The Employer's Expectations for You to Fit In
Just as people have a culture, companies do also. A company's culture is the set of behaviors and unspoken rules that guide how things get done. For example, some companies have a team-based culture with ample employee participation, while others have a more traditional, directed style. To succeed in a company, you must fit into its culture.
A company's culture combines many elements to create a way of doing business. These elements include work environment, company mission, values, ethics, expectations, and goals.
How can you learn about a company's culture?
Given the amount of time you will spend working, it's important for both you and the employer to make sure you will fit in. Before you accept a job you're not sure about, take some time to ensure it's a good fit for your skill set, experience, personality, and goals for the future.
Action: If you have computer access, check out what employees say about their firm's culture by going to Glassdoor.com and entering the name of a company you know. If you do not have computer access, ask an employee of a local company to describe its culture. Write four or five sentences saying whether you'd fit into the company's culture and why or why not.