Wondering how tough it’s going to be to find an inclusive workplace as a job seeker? It’s hard to know what’s going on behind closed doors at any company, especially when it comes to trying to find the right fit as a job seeker. Everyone puts on their best face during the interview process, and determining what the true culture is during the interview is hard to ascertain. Job seekers are forced to try to determine life as an employee at a prospective employer through a combination of searching out employee reviews, asking colleagues and friends and trying to read between the lines in interviews.
Making a bad decision in selecting your next employer not only costs you time, but also potentially money if you relocated for the new role. It’s important to get it right, or as close as possible. Here are our recommendations about finding an inclusive workplace when you’re in the hunt for a new job.
Get Your Search On To Find An Inclusive Workplace
Platforms for job seekers often have a section that allows previous and current employees to share ratings and reviews, just like Kanarys does. You should take the time to research and compare reviews across multiple platforms to create a larger picture of the common complaints and compliments about the company itself and any available information about the specific department or role.
Ask the Right Questions
No one is going to tell you “Nope!” if you ask whether the company values diversity and inclusion, even if they know in reality the culture is lacking and attrition is at an all time high. You have to come in and ask the right questions, and listen attentively to the responses. Fast Company has a great list of 10 questions to ask in interviews. In addition, you can ask about specific policies around paid leave, supporting working parents and caretakers through flexible work schedules, and what the company is doing to ensure equitable access to advancement.
Listen for What Isn’t Being Said
Sure the company representatives may seem like they’re saying all the right things, but what aren’t they saying? If they can only speak about diversity in race and ethnicity but can’t provide details on how they account for gender, disability or other demographics, this may be a sign that their understanding of inclusion is limited and this could impact your experience. Also, leadership should be able to clearly explain what the short- and long-term plans are for retaining talent and ensuring a safe workplace for all rather than simply expressing their hopes for a better world without showing what action looks like.Find the ratings and reviews of companies by logging into your Kanarys account, or create an account to find inclusive companies