Companies always assess candidates for cultural fit. Assessing organizational culture by job applicants is also critical and how to do it.
I came across this great article, “An Amazon Recruiter Reveals How to Get a Job at the Online Retailer” by Ruth Umoh. She provides great insights on Amazon’s successful customer-centric approach, and tips to increase a candidate’s chance of being hired by the highly sought employer.
It leaves a ginormous question to ask yourself:
Should I care?
You’re probably thinking, “Of course I should care, Kris! Amazon is one of the best employers in the world.” But is it one of the best employers in the world for YOU?
I’ve known blissfully happy people working at Amazon. I’ve known others that were absolutely miserable. I’m just using Amazon as an example. Take any of the companies on the ‘best’ list and I have as many examples.
They are the same great companies with different results for different people. So what’s the cause?
More times than not, the culture was not a right fit for someone. Just as in a relationship that doesn’t work out, it often isn’t the fault of either the company or the job applicant. It simply wasn’t a good match.