How a cultural fit can be just as important as a skillset when recruiting and hiring new employees.
We all know that one employee. The one with the stellar resume, the impeccable track record, the certifications… yet never seemed to meld well with the team. For better or for you worse, you can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t judge how well an employee will integrate into your company by simply taking a look at their CV. Ensuring a personality and cultural fit could be just as important as ensuring they have the skills to get the job done. (After all, you can teach someone new software, but it’s difficult to teach a selfish employee how to enjoy teamwork!)
Hiring the right people to help a firm thrive is a critical part of business strategy. But this cannot be accomplished simply by ensuring they can do everything on the “requirements” list. Instead, assessing a candidate’s cultural fit will help determine whether or not they integrate well with the focus of the company.
Define Your Cultural Fit
Before determining whether or not someone is a good cultural fit for your company, ask yourself “What is our company culture?!” Are the expected dress code, rules of vacation and PTO, and methods of communication clear across the board? Have you developed a vision and a mission statement? Understanding the current culture will help evaluate potential candidates and see whether or not they are in line with the company’s values.
Ask Critical Questions
Sure, it is great to know an employee’s skills and knowledge. But asking critical questions can help evaluate whether or not they will mesh well with those on their team.
- What is your ideal work environment?
- How would others describe your work style?
- Do you prefer working independently or on a team?
- How do you define successful leadership?
Their answers may surprise you! The candidate with slightly less more experience may be a better fit than the candidate with more experience but a pessimistic outlook.
Get Employee Feedback
How do others feel about the candidate? While the majority of the time, the final decision on whether or not to hire is left up to management, allowing current employees to spend time with potential candidates may shed some light on blind spots that were not addressed in the initial interview process. After all, a good cultural fit gets creates synergy with the peers they will be working with day in and day out.
Whether you are just beginning the process of finding a new candidate, or have several interviews already on the calendar, consider adding cultural fit as a prerequisite for a new hire. If you are using a recruiting firm, it is important to vocalize that culture is an important part of your hiring process! To learn more about how iKadre integrates culture into our recruiting process, reach out. Helping you access the right people is why we are here.