Whether you’re trying to find internships in college or land a better job, company culture should be high on your list of things to look for in your next opportunity — perhaps even higher than a paycheck. Why is company culture so important, you might ask? Because while decent pay and work benefits are nice, those things by themselves probably won’t make you happy in the long-term. A strong company culture can make you feel happier, less stressed and more productive at work. Conversely, a bad company culture can make even a 12-week internship feel like an absolute eternity.
If you don’t want to get stuck in a work slog, finding a good company culture fit should be your top priority in your job search. But how do you determine if a company’s culture is right for you? Below, here are a few ways to find out whether the company culture will be a good fit.
First, look inward. What do you value in the workplace? Think about your previous jobs and internships you’ve held. In which environments were you the most productive and happy? What made it such a great place to work?