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How Candidates Can Vet a Prospective Employer’s Culture

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By Jessica Hollander-Torres

As the World of Work continues to evolve, and the millennial generation rises in the ranks of the corporate world, more and more people want to work for companies whose beliefs and priorities align with their own. 

Among other cultural considerations, diversity, equality, and inclusion (DE&I) are front and center today as individuals contemplate a job change — and these topics are equally important for hiring managers to explore. Our CEO, Bert Miller, has developed the Individual Scorecard to help recruiters and hiring managers gain a clearer sense of an individual’s personal, professional, and financial objectives. The Individual Scorecard recognizes that in order to make a great hire, organizations need to understand a candidate’s priorities, values, and perspectives in all three categories. 

But how can candidates get the same clear picture of their prospective employer?

Knowing that you want to talk about DE&I with a recruiter or hiring manager is one thing. Knowing how to approach the topic is often an entirely different story. Before you walk into your next interview, read on for my advice on how you and your prospective employer can determine a mutual fit:

Do Your Research

The first step in any application or interview process should always be to conduct research on the organization. Their culture and core values are important factors to consider. 

At MRI, our international community is one of our most important features — members gain access to a valuable diversity of thought when they join our Network. We crafted our directory page in such a way that celebrates and emphasizes our international footprint and breadth of perspective. It highlights how proud we are of our global community.

As you conduct your research, LinkedIn’s search capabilities are especially helpful. You can search an organization’s current and past employees to understand how each team is composed, which departments have seen higher turnover, and how team members have been developed and supported to move into their next great opportunity. 

As workplace transparency takes a firmer hold, platforms like GlassDoor can also provide an inside view into a company’s culture and corporate dynamics — but be sure to take this information with a grain of salt. Like any review site, GlassDoor is bound to attract the loudest voices, and since the site isn’t regulated or fact-checked it doesn’t always paint a fair picture. Focus instead on identifying questions you can ask throughout your interviews to build your own informed opinion.

Pose Questions with Curiosity 

Your research not only offers you a clear view of the company, but it also arms you with questions and observations that highlight your interest and investment in the company. When approached with the right tone, these questions highlight your diligence, attention to detail, and care for the future of the organization — qualities of a great employee. As you prepare for these conversations, consider how the questions you pose will shape your interviewer’s perspective of your Individual Scorecard — your personal, professional, and financial objectives.  

Conversations around DE&I can feel sensitive, so it’s important to approach them with the best intentions. During

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