How to Tell if a Candidate Will Fit in Your Company

Company culture

When hiring a new candidate for your business, it is important to think about company culture as well as qualifications.

Hiring someone who has the qualifications you are looking for but doesn’t quite fit into your company’s personality can be a costly mistake. To help determine if a candidate is going to be a good fit, it is important to interview for a cultural fit as well as job qualifications. Let’s discuss how to find a good candidate that will fit in with the rest of your company.

Define Your Company’s Culture

The first thing you should do is define your company’s culture. Whether you are a small start-up or have been around for a few years, every company has a defined culture. To define your culture, look at your vision or mission statement to see what your company values the most. Then look around and consider how your company compares to other businesses in your industry. Ask your employees and colleagues for a sentence or two that encapsulates your company’s personality. Once you have a statement together about your company’s culture, write job ads with that statement in mind. If you do not want someone who is extremely serious, try writing the ad to sound more casual. If your company is a family- and pet-friendly business, don’t be afraid to say it.

Include Cultural Questions in the Interview

From your first contact with the candidate, you will need to think about the cultural fit. Once the candidate is pre-screened over the phone and they are brought into the office, think about how their personality will fit in with the other members of your staff. Ask questions about the position as well as questions that align with your core values and culture. For example, asking “what did you accomplish over the past year that you are really proud of” can tell you if the person is looking to improve their skills and learn new things. Most companies want someone who is driven in their personal and work life so asking these types of questions will allow you to ascertain if the candidate will fit into your company culture. It may also be a good idea to invite members of your staff to talk to the candidate so they can ask informal questions like if they have children, hobbies, or interests that could tie into the company’s existing personality.

While you want an employee who is qualified to do the job, it is also important to hire someone who will fit in with your company’s culture. Asking these questions and talking with your employees will help you find someone with a great fit for your company.


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