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Business Philosophy/Identity - Most companies tend to have a unique identity and philosophy. For some companies, they pride themselves on giving back to community. Some are focused on making as much money for their employees as possible. And others are focused on providing a great work environment and being a place people want to work. Finding a business with a philosophy that matches your values will make getting up for work in morning much more enjoyable!
Management Style - Some managers give their employees wide lattitude to make decisions. Others want to be involved in details and have more control over everything that's going on.
Degree of Trust - In some companies, people openly trust each other and share information with their co-workers. At other companies, people are secretive and even distrustful.
Understanding of Personal Issues - It's possible for a company to be focused on performance, but to still be generous with its employees in times of personal need (such as when someone has a sick family member).
WAYS TO DETERMINE CORPORATE CULTURE
It's often possible to get a sense of a company's culture by looking at their web site. They may include speeches from their senior managers or news items discussing company initiatives that indicate cultural values. Before interviewing, it's a good idea to think about values you'd want a company you work for to have, and if it's not obvious to you company has them, ask person you're interviewing with what company's philosophy is on issue. Ask for examples to be sure interviewer isn't just selling you on company and can provide facts to back up their assertions. By asking culture questions and showing that you are interested in making sure you and company fit well together, you're also communicating to interviewer that you're a professional and that you are looking for a job that really makes sense for you.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.