Workplace “fit” matters

The primary criterion for success is to do the right thing in the right place.

For this very reason, interviews are not only a sort of an exam for the candidates as the same thing goes for the HR professionals as well.

It is valuable to inform the candidates about the corporate culture.

Otherwise, mismatches in the selection of candidates might lead to catastrophic outcomes for the career of the employee as well as the bringing about financial loss for the company itself.

I would like to tell you about myself. I got a start in business when I was 20 and I have always taken advantage of getting this start at that age in my career path.

When I was a frosh, I used to work as a guide in a tourism company. This is the first position I was insured in. In addition to the pride I burst with making money for the first time in my life, I invested in my language improvement speaking to the guests as the company was a French one and I was supposed to welcome the French tourists at the airport and guide them the city.

15 years have passed… Since then I have worked in several different sectors such as tourism, media, press and logistics. Furthermore, the areas I worked in have always been different. This pursuit continued until I started to work for the production oriented automotive industry 6 years ago.

At the time I thought private sector was not my cup of tea and pushed myself to consider alternatives, my path crossed with automotive. I got stripped of all my prejudices against the private sector when I started to work in automotive industry. I remembered all that I have forgotten. Everything was concret, welldefined and analytical.

While I was mathematically intelligent and knowledgeable, I studied social science (a wrong choice but I no longer care about it as I have promised myself not to). Now, I am where I can make use of my mathematical intelligence and make difference easily.

I never forget the days when I first started to work in production … I was there to stop the assembly line for only a minute for the shooting of an event. The production manager began to tell how much it cost to stop it for a minute: the loss in the number of cars, labor, etc.

Whatever, the emphasis in this writing is that the harmony between the corporate culture and the employees is of great importance. I, who strongly refused to work in private sector, am told that I was born to be a businesswoman.

Guess what happened after I heard all this… Nothing! I have not changed even a bit. I just discovered the right soil to plant the seeds. I never gave up, I made time for myself to get to know who I am. My awareness has expended. I believed that I would find the corporate culture that would fit me best. It neither easy nor quick. Now I find it hard to imagine what it was like to have never-ending new jobs and days of unhappiness. Here is where my existence is flawless and my identity is fully integrated: my workplace.

There is one thing I would like to warn those who are discontented with their jobs: stop poisoning yourself and those around you. Criticizing and complaining are not for adults. Neither are they a solution. These leave you in a vicious cycle. Concentrate on your own self. Where do you want to work? What kind of a working environment would please you the most? It is crucial that you find the right corporate culture for yourself and it is better late than never. Moreover, the interviews you have give you unprecedented opportunities for you to find out whether you have contacted a company you will fit for or not.  Make sure you don’t miss it!

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