Why is Hiring for Cultural Fit So Important?

You know when you’re hiring you have to evaluate and test hard skills. But are you looking at soft skills too – and assessing each candidate for cultural fit? If you’re not, you could be well on your way to a hiring mistake.

But what exactly is culture fit? And why is it so important?

According to Harvard Business Review, cultural fit is defined as:

“The likelihood that someone will reflect and/or be able to adapt to the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that make up your organization.”

While you don’t want to hire people who are all exactly alike, you do want to hire those who will mesh well with the company and their co-workers. Think of a company like a big pot of soup. You put in all sorts of different and diverse ingredients, but they each complement and play off each other, producing a delicious meal in the end.

And, as a leading New England staffing management firm, Stewart Staffing knows that hiring for cultural fit can offer you plenty of benefits. For instance, a good cultural fit between employee and employer means that employees will feel a stronger sense of job satisfaction. When they’re happier on the job, they’ll also do better work and be more loyal to your company. This can all have a big impact on your customers and your company bottom line.

So when you’re hiring for cultural fit, what should you be on the lookout for?

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Talk about company culture in the interview. Whether you’re ultra formal or super laid back at your company, explain what a candidate can expect when they work there. Also, discuss mission, vision and values and how those play a role in the daily lives of each employee. This way, they’ll have a better sense of whether the opportunity is right for them and can self-select out if it’s not.
  • Show them your culture. Beyond just discussing culture, actually show candidates what working at your company is like. Give them a tour, introduce them to key team members, and invite them to ask employees questions. Once you get back to your interview space, ask them if they have any additional questions for you about culture.
  • Ask the right questions. For instance, ask candidates to talk about the environments they best work in, from size of company to leadership styles. Also, ask them what their favorite company to work for has been and why. These kinds of questions will help you gain more insight into each candidate, as well as whether they’re a fit for you.

Finding the right employees for your team is vital for success. And to do that, you need to assess for more than hard skills, but cultural fit too.

If you’d like more help with your hiring process, call the experts at Stewart Staffing. As a leading New England staffing management firm, we have the experience and proven processes to help you find people with the skills, experience and drive to succeed you need.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help.

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