How to Prepare for Cultural Fit Interview Questions
September 15th, 2009 by lewisTweet
Over at the US News blog, Alison Green lists six main factors on “How Employers Choose From Among Many Great Candidates.” Here are the four that caught my eye:
- How is each candidate likely to get along with the manager?
- How much does each candidate fit with the company’s culture?
- How much does each candidate seem to want this particular job?
- Who do we most want to work with?
- Review the company website. Many companies provide information on a company’s culture. For example, you can find Google’s corporate values on their website.
- Talk to the employees. Ask friends, family, and alums whether or not they have contacts at a particular company. Also utilize social networking tools, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to find contacts.
- Be creative. Have an interview at T-Mobile, but don’t know anyone at the company? Visit a store and chat it up with employees. Alternatively, visit Glassdoor.com, a website that features thousands of user-generated reviews on the companies they work for.
At an information session, I met Sally Stone, a consultant in the D.C. office. We ended up chatting for more than an hour. Over the last 3 months, we stayed in touch and she spent innumerable hours answering my questions about the firm, reviewing my resume, and helping me prepare for the case studies. I’ve never met a person as considerate and insightful as she is, and I consider the opportunity to work with people like that to be one of the greatest benefits of a career at Accenture.
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