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Ifeoluwapo Odedere: 5 Factors to Help Tell If You’d Like Your Next Job

Ifeoluwapo Odedere

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Three years ago, I took a career test to find out what type of career would best suit me. A few weeks later I got the results of my test. I won’t go into the details of my result, but what really stood out for me was the concluding statement.

I was advised that irrespective of the career path I chose, I should make sure that whatever organization I worked with should be one whose culture mirrors my values. The point was that working for an organization whose culture runs counter to the fabric of your being will spell disaster for you in the long run.

So how do you tell the culture of an organization before you accept the formal invitation? That is the point of this post.

I drew the inspiration for this article from one of the interviews I attended earlier this year. It may not be the best tool, but it’s better than nothing. So, join me on the ride as I take you through how to identify organizational culture. Bon Voyage!

1. The front desk 
It all starts at the front desk. Usually, the front desk will tell you all you need to know about how a company; how it cares for its employees, its recruitment policies and its values. How you’re treated at the front desk says a lot about the organization. So does the dressing of the front desk employee. But then, you should take whatever you see here with a pinch of salt, some employees are just ill-mannered.

2. The recruitment process
A sloppy, ill-timed recruitment process filled with uninspiring and cliché interviews should immediately tell you the Human Resource (HR) state of the organization. When you’re being asked to define Business Administration or told to solve some theoretical tasks with no practical relevance to the job you’re applying for, you should immediately begin to sense the state of mind of your superiors-to-be. And since HR determines culture, to a large extent, you can begin to  fairly accurately predict the culture of the organization.

3. The dressing of the employees
Are the employees dressed like they are living in the past century? Or are they dressed like they are the cast of Star Wars? You will do well to take note of this as it can provide insight into the mindset of the people working there. If, for example, they are dressed as though they were one century behind, then you may want to reevaluate your opinion of the organization. Except of course, it’s your kind of thing.

4. The interaction between employees
Is the manager telling his subordinates to go and buy food, clean shoes or do other duties fit for a porter? That says something. You want to decide if it’s the kind of job description you’d like.

5. Employee behavior
Are the employees cold towards you? Are they browsing the newspaper for job vacancies? Are they walking around timid, like they are being watched? If you answer yes to all of these questions, you may want to ask yourself if what you’re you are looking for is an adventure in the secret service.

That’s it. My tips for helping you determine the culture of the organization you’re looking to work with. Hopefully, they help you make the right decision. Good luck!

Photo Credit: Dreamstime |  Michael Zhang

7 Comments

  1. Exotique

    December 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Lol. I applied these tips when I was searching for a job then. People felt I was being choosy.
    I turned down an offer from one company then because I was hearing all sorts of stories about two women that ‘ran’ the place and had the CEO under control. The women in question actually influenced my posting, that is after I had concluded with the MD/CEO!!! He had informed me I would be heading a new unit in PH as there were no openings in Lagos. Then the women stepped in and suddenly there was some admin position open in Lagos and no mention of PH again. There were rumors that he was dating or had dated them at some point. I didn’t care to find out more. The change of posting already told me that this wasn’t the place for me so I left.
    I cannot come and get in the the middle of sexual tins biko.

  2. Moyo

    December 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I went to an office for a meeting and got there about 30 minutes early, the front office is in front of the lift and the lady asked me what time my appointment was and if I had come too early I had to sit by the lift. I had to insist that I see another officer who allowed me to sit in his office. The Company in my opinion had no regard or the front office staff or its visitors, I expected them to at least have a waiting room inside their office not by the lift in the lobby.

    • abi

      December 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      ETISALAT??

  3. Duni

    December 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Great writeup 🙂 Very factual, too.

  4. bisisexy

    December 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Hmmm I overlooked all dese dese points,dats is y am in trouble in dis company I work in, once u look nice Dan ur older superior who is 60 yrs old but kips asking u wat face powder and cream u use? Bcos she has to kip her younger boys wit her even dough she is married, she kips send ing u on errand pls pay money my dota gave me to kip for her into her account. Get me water, get me my dis and dat am fed up,i never knew all tings to check but it’s never too late

  5. peperempe

    December 15, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Can anyone please provide a link for career test,,

    • Ife

      December 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Peperempe, you can try either of : 123test.com/career-test/ or free-career-test.com/.

      Cheers

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