December 09, 2013, 2:49 PM — Few of us interview for fun - the majority want/need the job at hand. Yet that desire might blind job hunters to an important question: Do they want the company that comes with the job?
Unfortunately, there's no separating the two, which means corporate culture can make or break a job offer. How do you determine if an employer is for you when you've only met a few people or seen just the reception area and a conference room?
Sallie Krawcheck, business leader at professional woman's network 85 Broads, says there is one simple way to discern if a company is for you:
Evaluate "how senior people at the company treat individuals who leave / are asked to leave, how they show them the door, and how they talk about them when they are gone."
"In some companies, as soon as an employee leaves, he or she quickly goes from being a 'valued partner' to the one who 'never really cut it,' who 'never really fit in,' whom the company is 'better off without' and 'the guy we were about to fire anyway' in the blink of an eye," she notes.
Krawcheck believes how a company refers to its "departed" speaks volumes about how it values employees, not only past, but present.
If you don't know someone who worked for a company in which you're interested, scour your network and find one. The detective work could prove invaluable and save you from a corporate culture you'd rather avoid.