The workplace is where we spend a good part of our lives. As you’re looking for a job, do think about whether you’ll fit into the organisation too. Some people believe that you have to make compromises in order to fit in with your employer, but it may not be such a good idea in the long term.

If circumstances allow, step back and think if the company is right for you in every aspect before you accept a job offer.

Do your research

Turn to your professional and personal network like business associates, family, friends and former classmates for information about the prospective employer. If they have specific dealings with the department or the colleagues you could end up working with, it will be even more helpful.

Interview the company

While your prospective employer wants to know more about you, you should also “interview” them. Go prepared with a list of questions on issues such as management style, working environment, corporate culture and service standards.

From the answers, you’ll get a feel of what the organisation and your possible supervisor are like. That will give you some insight as to whether or not you want to proceed to the next round of interviews, if you are asked to come back a second time.

Learn about the corporate culture

Corporate culture is described as the unique personality of an organisation, and varies widely from one company to another. How good a match you are with the culture can make the difference between success and failure in that job.

Unfortunately, you will never really know what the corporate culture is until you work there. But try to find out as much as you can from your background research and through the answers to the questions you pose.

Ask about the job scope

At the interview, get a detailed description of what the job entails. Ask your potential boss what a typical work day is like, what challenges you may face and what sort of targets you’re expected to meet. Find out if overtime or travelling is required so that there are no surprises if you decide to take the job.

Check out potential co-workers

At the interview, you’ll most likely get to meet your potential immediate supervisor. Use the chance to gauge whether you think you will enjoy working with him or her. You should also ask about the team members who may be your colleagues.

Getting along with the people you work with is crucial to not only your work satisfaction but also your professional future. Minor differences in working style should be manageable, but take heed if you cannot see eye-to-eye on many issues, or if you sense a lot of discomfort.