As organisations evolve, hiring for cultural fit is gaining popularity. But, what is this cultural fit?
As recruitment consultants in India, we have come across several organisations that hire ‘the ideal candidate’ but end up regretting that decision. When recruiting, most firms lookout for an ideal candidate – the one who matches the qualifications and experience required for the job. But, is that assessment enough when recruiting?
In their drive to seek the perfect match, organisations overlook the importance of hiring for culture. Cultural fit includes a lot of factors like work-life balance, style of working, the way of dealing with customers and suppliers, etc. A candidate’s cultural fit can have an impact on their productivity. While you may find the ideal match in terms of credentials, they may fail to gel well with your company’s culture and end up having low productivity. To help you prevent a bad hire, here are some ways to recruit for cultural fit.
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Identify Your Company’s Culture
Every company is different and has unique cultures. Without knowing your company’s culture, you cannot hire for the cultural fit. Start by understanding your firm’s culture to help you assess the qualities you seek in the ideal candidate. To do this, understand what kind of employees exists in your organisation, their work style, common approaches to work, etc. You may also want to talk to top performers and the management to understand the ethics and values you must seek in an ideal candidate. Having the knowledge of your company’s culture will help you test candidates for cultural fit.
Mix Casual and Work Related Questions
Candidates come prepared for an interview by running through a list of general, work related questions. If you need to know the real them, then you need to surprise them by asking some questions on unexpected topics. Ask them about their hobbies, the books they like to read, why they loved a particular book, etc. Apart from this, ask questions like what they see in a good boss, what aspects of work they loved about their last job, and more. Such questions reveal a candidate’s likes, dislikes, and give you an insight into whether or not they are the right cultural fit.
Use a Personality Assessment Test
Assessing the personality of a candidate can reveal a lot about them. Whether you seek a confident candidate or one with strong decision-making skills, it will tell you a lot about their personality. The test helps you judge a candidate’s cultural fit by revealing aspects like whether the candidate works well in a group or alone, the way they handle work pressure, their creativity, etc. Apart from a personality test, you can also give them role plays or ask them their take on a work related situation to gain knowledge about them.
Let the Candidate Lead the Conversation
An interview is a two-way process. It is not just about asking questions to the candidate, but also allowing them to ask doubts or show their talent. In fact, handing over the lead to the candidate can reveal a lot about their personality. It gives you an insight into aspects like their confidence level and communication skills. If the candidate has difficulty, they may not be the right fit. But, if they succeed, you know you are hiring the ideal candidate.
As recruitment consultants in India, we continually stress the importance of hiring for culture and not only on the basis of skills and qualifications. A candidate with the mix of the right credentials, skills, qualities, and ethics is your ideal candidate. So, if you have not yet started hiring for cultural fit, it is time you do now.