When people across departments and disciplines are willing to do favors with one another, pitch in to resolve an issue, and not worry about who's getting credit for what — that's the kind of company culture you want to be a part of. If you're in a bind at work, you don't want selfish office politics to get in the way. To clue into whether this is true for your prospective employer, ask about a time someone went "above and beyond the call of duty."
In your interviewer's answer, you may hear her struggle to think of even one instance of this (uh oh) or you may hear her rattle off a whole list. From this, you'll gain an understanding of how people at the company actively help and support one another… if at all.
If you're on the job hunt, try a few of these questions at the end of your next interview. You're bound to learn so much more than asking, "What's it like to work here?"
But if you're not — if you're an employer who's actively recruiting new hires — ask yourself these questions. Do you like your own answers to them? Your company culture may not be as healthy as you'd like to say it is.
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This article originally appeared on Medium.
Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps CEOs get to know their employees better and overcome company growing pains.