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How to select a workplace that fits you

I've had the opportunity to speak with a variety of people in my current position, and many of them talk about how they select a workplace that fits their personalities and lifestyles. I've shared some of these experiences below...

I joined Morgan McKinley about a year ago and thoroughly enjoy working within a global team. I had 7 years professional recruitment experience in both in-house and professional search firm, but was looking for a new challenge: a role as a recruiter for recruiters. There is one question that I always ask applicants during an interview: could you share what matters most to you when you consider a new employer?

The top 3 things that have been mentioned the most include:

  • Company Culture
  • Leadership
  • Career Development


I have to say I couldn’t agree more! Those 3 things play a fundamentally role in your working life.

Employer branding is a major part of my job; introduce our company culture, leadership, and employee career development. My top tips on this when considering a new workplace are:

  • Do your research about the company, list out all the attractions and your concerns, and don’t judge too early. Keep everything you think you know about this company and be ready to have a talk with them.
  • Use discernment for all contact with people from this company - it could be an email from HR, a hello from their receptionist, or a phone call from their internal recruiter. Identify if they are warm and professional.
  • On top of giving an impressive interview performance, remember to observe what the interviewers care most in you by paying attention on what questions they ask about you. Do they ask questions around your expectations on your next-step in career life, or about your out of work interests?
  • Justify critical cultural elements, such as the employee engagement, productivity, overall well-being and satisfaction that you can tell from the interviewers you met with. Are the positive with their job themselves? Do they care about well-being? Do they have a strong drive for excellence?
  • If you get the chance to meet with the management team, be bold to ask what they have been doing on the investment on their people. (If they think people are their core value)


I consider myself a people person. My passion about people, performance and life has driven me in every aspect in my life. I specialize in asking questions, listening, getting people to share their personal truths and advising on career choices.

If any of the above resonates with you, please get in touch as I’d be delighted to hear from you – some advice/suggestions, some opinions, or maybe some applications to join our team!

  • Mar 22, 2018
  • China
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