Culture is a buzzword in today’s world. It is said that it’s the DNA of your workforce, which is composed of mission, vision and values of every employee and the organization as a whole. Your next hire, can either reinforce or dilute your organization’s mission depending on the ‘Cultural Fit’. Additionally, young job seekers are giving a lot of importance to Company Culture, finding someone that embodies your values is crucial for all parties.
Assessing cultural fit of a potential candidate isn’t the same as measuring up skills and experience from a resume. It needs much more, here are a few ways to assess whether a candidate matches your company culture:
Communicate your Mission, Vision & Values
A job posting or ad is the best place to start communicating about your values. Set out your values in the job description. Describe the work environment, nature of work, cite examples of how you live by the. Communicating your values clearly is very important, throughout the entire hiring process.
Ask open-ended questions, let them do the talking, instead of making it a rigid question-answer interview. Standard questions will prompt rehearsed answers which won’t reflect the candidate’s personality. Ask questions, which would make the candidate think on the spot and speak freely. You get a chance to assess an authentic response by allowing their personality take over.
Here are some questions you could ask:
- Why do you want to work here?
- How would you describe an ideal work environment?
- When you made a mistake, how did you address it?
- Describe yourself in a sentence.
- What inspires you?
- What would you do, if not this job?
The list goes on and on…
Having more than one interviewer can help toward a fairer assessment of a candidate’s cultural fit. Company culture is not down to one person, it comes from all employees. Involving more key people will help have a more collaborative assessment where more voices are heard and can lead to a cultural fit that’s agreed by many.
Giving potential candidates a tour around the office will help the candidate understand your work environment, and it also allows for a two-way assessment, where both you and the candidate have a better feel of each other, you could see if he’s a team player and the insight that the candidates get by interacting with the team they might be working with will also help them ascertain if that is where they really want to be.
Cultural fit isn’t about hiring the same people, it’s about different people who share the same vision, goals, and values. You should be able to find these attributes in different people, and your values, vision & mission should reflect through a rich, robust diverse team.