Similarly, while it’s important to understand the company’s current culture, it’s just as essential to gauge how its culture has evolved, and your interviewers could have valuable insights.
“I think this is a great question because not only is the candidate gauging cultural fit, they’re also evaluating the company’s adaptability and agility within our changing society,” said Kristen Vavrek, corporate recruiter. “To me, that indicates that they are looking for a long-term home and not just a steppingstone to their next role.”
This question can also help you determine if the company will match your values in areas such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. You can also try changing the question up slightly as you advance through the interview process to gauge culture in different ways. As Brad Mason, PE, PMP, senior vice president and Transit & Rail client/program development leader, Southeast group, said: “These types of questions build rapport with the interviewer and demonstrate an interest in learning about the company culture.”
Here are some related suggestions:
- What attracted you to this company?
- What’s your favorite part about working here?