It’s important for employers to hire individuals who align with the company’s values and mission. So it can be helpful to prepare for interview questions that deal with how you would fit in with the company culture. Your answers to these questions can help the interviewer understand your personality, work style and core values and how you would contribute to the company’s success.

In this article, we discuss what makes up a company’s culture and how you can answer culture fit interview questions.

What is company culture?

Company culture is a business's attitudes, values, behaviors and goals—from entry-level workers to executive management. A company’s culture defines the way people interact with each other and the way the company makes decisions. Culture can affect how many tasks you complete in a day, how often your company holds meetings and how open management is to discuss new ideas.

Why prepare for cultural interview questions?

Learning about a company’s culture before your interview is important for two reasons. First, you want to make sure the company is a strong fit for you in terms of responsibilities, interaction with colleagues and work environment. You will probably be happier in a position where the company’s values align with your own, where you get along well with coworkers and where you feel supported and encouraged.

Second, it's important to convey to the hiring manager that you will be a strong addition to the company’s culture. When you know what the company’s values are, what the organization expects from employees and what sort of employees they seek, you can tailor your answers to the interviewer’s questions to highlight what you have in common.

10 common interview questions about company culture

Here are some examples of culture interview questions your interviewer may ask:

1. Describe the environment in which you work best.
2. Describe your ideal boss or supervisor.
3. Do you prefer to get feedback about your performance through formal reviews or informal meetings?
4. Why do you want to work for us?
5. Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?
6. How would your coworkers describe you?
7. How do you handle stress?
8. How important is work-life balance to you?
9. What motivates you?
10. Which of our company values resonates most with you?