When interviewing for positions, one of the hardest things to gauge is what the company's culture and environment. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most important aspects of your job because the environment that you work in will affect not only your life at work but also your home life. 

In my life, I put a lot of pressure on myself to find a job after I graduated college. When I started my job search I tried to hold out for the "right" position. But when I wasn't finding it, I quickly shifted to taking the best offer I got. The position I ended up taking was with a company that I knew didn't have the right culture for me. I even told people after my first interview that the building felt depressing and stifling from the moment I walked in. Knowing that, I still took the position because of the pressure I had put on myself. 

It turned out that my first impression was right and the atmosphere at the company was not ideal. However, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal. I thought that I would be able to leave my negative feelings about work at the office. Turns out, that doesn't work very well.

I sat at work all day, trying to get my work done but feeling uninspired, stifled and slightly annoyed. After spending such a large part of my day feeling this way, it is almost impossible for me to come home in an excellent mood. At the very least, I'm tried from the rollercoaster of emotions I experienced throughout my day. 

I feel so spent by the time I get home that I typically don't have the energy or motivation to do the things I care about. I wake up at 7 am for work and typically don't get home till about 6:30 or 7 pm. I spend the majority of my days unhappy. So it's inevitable that how I feel at work is going to affect the mood I am in at home. Which is why your work life is so so important. Your job is probably where you will be spending the majority of your time so you need to feel good while you're there.

However, it's also important to recognize what makes you feel good in a work environment. My ideal office situation is probably not the same as your ideal situation. I highly encourage you to try and pay attention to the atmosphere when going on job interviews; don't just ask them about their culture, try and look for it because I honestly believe it's the most important factor in finding a job you like.

Published by Samantha Cossum